This east-facing view from Accademia Bridge on the Grand Canal, Venice highlights the striking Gothic architecture of Palazzo Franchetti in the left foreground. The Marcello family built it in the second half of the 15th century and it has had numerous illustrious residents since, including Frederick Ferdinand Leopold of Austria, who was commander in-chief of the Austrian Navy. Since 1999 it has belonged to the Venetian Institute of Sciences, Letters and Arts, who host frequent cultural events and exhibitions. While its walkways provide a safe haven for gondoliers and pilots of small craft.
The perspective leads the eye to the iconic dome of Santa Maria Della Salute (Saint Mary of Health). The soothing pastel colours of the buildings provide a nice contrast to the blue-green lagoon, while the misty sun illuminates the water with sparkles of light, as small craft go about their business in the late afternoon.