A Brand-New Venice Print

Venice Block Print

Our second stop in Europe was the beautiful city of Venice. The city was built on a lagoon, and consequently there are no cars…people either walk or travel by boat.

The city is best known for its canals and gondolas, but one of my favorite things about it is the Venetian Gothic architecture. The style originated in the 14th century, and combines Byzantine influences from Constantinople with Arabic influences from Moorish Spain. Two famous examples of this style are the Doge’s Palace and the Ca’ d’Oro.

Philip and Alex Hughes in Venice, Italy
Exploring Venice!
A brightly colored building in Venice
Many buildings were brightly colored with beautiful windows like these


A gondola in Venice, Italy
The city is navigable on foot or by gondolas and water taxis

The Bridge of Sighs in Venice
The Bridge of Sighs in Venice

The Doge’s Palace in Piazza San Marco is an example of Venetian Gothic architecture. Normally there are tons of tourists and pigeons out front, but they started to clear out as the sun went down.

The Doge's Palace
The Doge’s Palace

In the evening, we climbed to the top of Campanile di San Marco for a view of the sunset and the city.

The view from the top of Campanile di San Marco
The view from the top of Campanile di San Marco
Sunset over the Grand Canal
Sunset over the Grand Canal

The Venice print incorporates the red, salmon, and ochre colors of many of the buildings in the city, as well as the Middle Eastern influence in the shape of the windows and arches. The print is hanging in my studio as part of a gallery wall, and I love having a bright pop of color there to remind me of my time in Venice!

Venice Block Print
Venice Block Print

Published by Alex Hughes

I am a graphic designer from Dallas who loves printmaking, travel, illustration, soccer, and psychology. I love personality tests too--I'm an INFP married to an ENFJ.

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