The Bridge of Sighs: Venice Italy

The Bridge of Sighs is one of the most famous romantic symbols in the world.   Local legend says that if you kiss your lover at sunset under the Bridge of Sighs that your romance will last forever.

The bridge, actual name Ponte Dei Sospiri, was constructed in 1600 to connect the the inquisitor’s room of Doge’s Palace to the newly built prison.  The Bridge of Sighs as it became popularly known was coined by Lord Byron who stated that you could literally hear the prisoners’ sighs as they gazed out the window, glimpsing the beauty of their city, Venice, for the last time.  One of the most famous prisoners and the only one said to ever escape was Giacomo Casanova.

The below watercolor image was one I created from a photograph I had taken while visiting in June of 2013 and is part of a collection of images from Venice taken on the same trip.  If you are interested in purchasing a limited edition giclee print of this image please visit my etsy store.

 

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