This Venetian work shows a panoramic view of San Marco (St Mark’s) across the Grand Canal. It captures three iconic landmarks from left to right: St Mark’s Campanile bell tower, St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace, with its numerous arches. On the far right is the Bridge of Sighs; so named because it was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment.
The gondolas in the foreground provide scale and interest for the magnificent backdrop of Venice’s grand capital. The orange tones of the Campanile add a splash of colour and offer a nice contrast to the surrounding white buildings and blue-green canal.