In Venice, with all its awe and magnificence, Santa Maria Della Salute makes its grand appearance.
Beginning construction in 1631 and finishing in 1681, this basilica is nothing short of an architectural masterpiece. Dedicated to Saint Maria and built next to the Grand Canals, this place can attract anyone to come to view its beauty. Baldassare Longhena, the architect of Santa Maria Della Salute, designed the church in the baroque style of architecture.
When first viewing the painting, we immediately take notice of the Santa Maria Della Salute.
We view this church from the water as if we are sitting on one of the gondolas, traveling through the grand canals of Venice. In the foreground, we see two gondolas full of people passing by the canals and admiring the city with all of its beautiful buildings.
In the background we have the church, attracting attention from all over with its architecture.
Being built in the baroque style, this church contains many elements that make it so unique. Originating in Italy, the baroque style often contains complex planning, shapes, and details. Constructed with Istrian stone, the exterior contains two domes and is decorated with many Christian figures. The surface includes many qualities such as dynamic shapes, grandeur, twisting and curvaceous elements, and contrast, all contributing to the array of rich surface details.
The artwork manages to capture these elements and expertly deliver the beauty of the church.
If you like architecture or the city of Venice, then this painting would be a great addition to your home.
by Leo Russell