Changes on a focal point

The view of the belfry in Bruges as taken from the Wollestraat is a viewpoint that is time and again taken up with minor variations – a striking example of ‘iconographic persistence’. The gaze that is presented in these images is an active one. The viewer virtually covers a trajectory to the city’s central monument. The image does not render a consistent overview, but presents mainly the act of viewing itself.

Moras | Belfort Via Wollestraat, Bruges | Boeverbos Bruges | In <em>Collection du Daguerreotype</em> P. Stroobant | Belfort Via Wollestraat, Bruges | Boeverbos, Bruges | 1855 June | In <em>Magasin pittoresque</em> Gustave  Hermans | Belfry Via Wollestraat, Bruges | Brugge Stadsarchief Edmond Sacré| Belfry Via Wollestraat, Bruges | Brussels, KIKIRPA Le Bon | Belfry Via Wollestraat, Bruges | Boeverbos Bruges Firma Neurdein | Belfry Via Wollestraat, Bruges | Brugge Stadsarchief Belfry Via Wollestraat, Bruges | Brugge Stadsarchief Belfry Via Wollestraat, Bruges | Brugge Stadsbibliotheek | 1837 | In <em>Album pittoresque de Bruges</em> Firma Neurdein | Belfry Via Wollestraat, Bruges | Boeverbos, Bruges Alderic Goethals| Belfry Via Wollestraat, Bruges | Kortrijk Stadsarchief Belfry Via Wollestraat, Bruges | Brussels, KIKIRPA