This is one of a number of paintings Rowntree made of Venice. The central image is a representation of the tower of St Marks Cathedral. The artist said that in the painting he was attempting to simplify the complexity of Venetian buildings 'trying to choose the basic facts beneath the flowering of architectural patisserie.' He was also trying to paint his feelings about the city, 'to fix my delight in Venice in as economical way as possible.' At the time, Rowntree was introducing geometric elements into his paintings and placing great emphasis on simplicity in his compositions.