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