Houses in Venice

This view is probably from a hotel window in Venice, as the vertical band of paint at far right suggests a window frame. At left, a tall thin cypress, its tip caught in the sunlight as it breaks above the roofline, rises from a courtyard. Long shadows fall across the roof that runs across the middle ground of the painting, while brilliant touches of light, perhaps reflected from the water of a canal far below, dance across the wall. This is one of Leighton's most original oil sketches.

Key facts

Artist dates
1830 - 1896
Full title
Houses in Venice
Date made
perhaps 1867
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
25 × 39.5 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery