A colourful and abstract digital illustration of a canal in the Italian city of Venice. Created in 2020
Located in the north-west of Italy, the city of Venice is one of Europe’s top destinations to visit for many tourists. The city itself is composed of 118 small islands, separated by canals and connected by over 400 bridges. There is no known founding date for the “floating city”, but historians believe the Roman city started as a place of refuge for those fleeing invasions from the Hun and Germani. Whilst its power and influence in the region fluctuated and eventually declined considerable from the 15th to 17th centuries, it became and established itself as a city of elegance and refinery in the late 18th century. Following Napoleon’s signing of the “Treaty of Campo Formio” in 1797, Venice became Austrian territory, but eventually gained back it independence and joined the newly formed Kingdom of Italy in 1866. It remained largely free of damage during WW2, but in recent years has had to face-up to the fact that the city is slowly sinking. Climate change plays a huge part in this, along with the greater flooding the city has seen recently, but these threats seem to do little to deter the millions of tourists who flock to the city each year.
This piece is based on a photo I took when I visited the city with my sister in the summer of 2014. We were in the lakeside town of Malcesine for a wedding and decided to extend our holiday to explore a bit more of that side of the country. It’s a city easy to get lost in, but it is completely worth the visit for the, rather overpriced, seafood, spectacular Venetian blown glass, and the famous canals. The tiramisu gelato was pretty good too! Whilst only one of many canals in the city, I hoped to breathe a bit of colour into this slightly muted subject and capture that romanticism that everyone associates with Venice.
All prints are printed on high-quality, 280 gsm paper and are printed by Prodigi in the UK.
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