'Santa Maria della Salute' in pastels by Isobel Johnstone

'Santa Maria della Salute' in pastels by Isobel Johnstone


Framed and signed pastel drawing of the famous basilica in Venice, drawn from a terrace on the north bank near the Palazzo Barbaro, was done by Johnstone in situ, dated the afternoon of 22nd May 2013, and shows the canal and the boat and gondola mooring posts on the jetties which project into the Grand Canal.

  • It is a lively sketch capturing the late afternoon sunlight on the ochre-washed buildings and the clear Adriatic sky.


    The basilica of Santa Maria della Salute or simply the Salute - is a church on the Grand Canal, Venice built by the city in thanks for deliverance from a particularly devastating outbreak of the Plague which killed a third of the cities inhabitants.  The church has become one of the cities many recognisable landmarks, as it stands on the intersection of the Grande and Giudecca canals opposite St Mark's square. As a result it has been painted by many of the great artists who have depicted Venice, notably Canaletto, Guardi and Turner.


    Isobel Johnstone paints and draws gardens and landscapes and has returned to the subject of Venice on many occasions .  She studied Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art and for many years taught at Glasgow School of Art and ran the Arts Council Collection at the Hayward Gallery, London.


    • Visible part of image approx. 24cm x 29.5cm
    • Frame dimensions approx. 42cm x 46cm