Venice: Rio Di Caterina


On one of John Stobart’s visits to Venice he found this superb composition of the Rio Di Caterina. The essence of the view is the brick wall to the left with a stately entrance in the afternoon sun. As a perfect balance, the buildings to the right in shadow stretching some quarter mile down the Rio Di Caterina looking truly magnificent. Then, at the lower right, a real architectural gem, a characterful old stone doorway with an iron grille, and leading to it, a narrow stone pathway. It all looked too good to be true and seemed as if it were simply made for a painting. Such is the extraordinary charm of Venice.

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