Venice is called a floating city, as everyone knows about it. Instead of having roads, waterways goes through the city and small boats called gondolas are used to travel from one place to another. For romantic people and artists, it’s just a heaven to reside in.
|Painting Name||A Venetian Canal with the Scuola Grande di San Marco and Campo San Giovanni e Paolo Venice|
|Painter Name||Rubens Santoro|
|Place of Creation||Italy, Venice|
|Size||37 x 48 cm (14.57" x 18.9")|
|Current Location||Private collection|
No wonder many artists came and fall in love it. Felix Ziem for instance, was a great admirer and lover of the city, who depicted dozens of paintings of the city from different angles.
The everlasting and ever-growing beauty of the city is magnificent and unique in every way and could also be called romantic to some extent. The unique nature and exclusivity of such city combines some of the fantasy-elements into the real world, which might be the alluring factor for the painters and artists. No other city can beat the beauty of Venice neither any can have its unparalleled features.
In attempt to capture the unmatched beauty, Rubens Santoro is one of those who succeeded to do it beautifully. The current painting represents his mastery at painting as well as the fine depiction of the scene.
Being a very old city, almost every building of Venice has its unique history and story which could be elaborated in the size of a book. Every canal contains something major happenings which would retell the city’s glorious past.
That’s why artist have clarified the importance of the view by listing the two notable buildings which appear in the painting – the Scuola Grande di San Marco and Campo San Giovanni e Paolo. Both filled with history inside its walls.
Scuola Grande di San Marco (building appearing in right side), the home place for one of the six major associations in old times. The original building was built in 1260 but needed to rebuild as a fire in 1485 destroyed it totally. It has one of the biggest squares in front of it called Campo San Giovanni e Paolo.
The second building is Campo San Giovanni e Paolo which is one of the major churches in the floating city. Around 25 Doges (Chief Magistrate) are buried in the church. It was also built in 13th century for the first time and then in 1333 after the first one was demolished.
Having significance in its every part is its core attraction. You can just stop at any place can have a treasure of information. And that scattered importance across the city is – in my view- the focus element of the painting.