Hermann David Solomon Corrodi was raised in an artistic family, having first acquired his artistic training in his father's studio in Geneva and subsequently at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome. Corrodi was an extremely prolific artist and through his numerous commissions from the British and Austro-Hungarian royals he quickly gained an international reputation. His marriage to an Italian aristocrat allowed him the pleasure of spending summers in Rome and winters in Baden-Baden where he received numerous commissions. Corrodi was a voracious traveler and his paintings cover a wide range of subject matter such as this convent entrance in Venice.
Caroline Juler writes that Corrodi's 'technique is remarkable for the subdued and meticulous gradations of colour, his games with shadow and light, and his inspirational subjects, as much abstract as narrative' (C. Juler, Les Orientalistes de l'Ecole Italianne, Paris, 1994, p. 66). Juler's comments most aptly apply to L'Arrivo del fruitivendolo in convento à Venezia, where the artist displays his exceptional talent in handling composition, color and light while showing fruit sellers going about their daily activities.