The phenomenon of the Grand Tour began in the 18th Century and led to the popularity of souvenir paintings by masters such as Canaletto and Guardi. Wealthy young men from Britain, Germany and other northern European countries would travel to the cradle of Classical civilization, mainly Italy and Greece, as a part of their cultural education. Venice was a major destination along the Grand Tour route which included Florence and Rome as well. By the mid 19th Century, the rise in tourism to these areas fueled an increased demand for paintings.
Born in Lima, Peru, Federico del Campo traveled to France to pursue his artistic education in Paris. Later he moved to Italy where he devoted himself to painting Venetian vedute. In Venice, he befriended Mariano Fortuny and Giacomo Favretto who shared with him an interest in portraying the contemporary life of the city. He established himself as the leading painting of Venetian views in the 19th Century and often showed his work internationally at the Paris Salon.
Del Campo's positioning along the Grand Canal allows for a stunning of frontal view of the Ca' d'Oro, perhaps Venice's most famous Grand Canal residence. Built between 1428-1430 for the powerful Contarini family, the Palazzo's facade is the jewel in the crown of Venetian Gothic architecture. One of Venice's older palazzos, it was christened with the name of "Golden House" due to the gilt and polychrome external decorations which once adorned its walls. The spindle shaped bifora windows and the delicate turrets that dot the upper edge of the palazzo give the residence a light and airy quality and cleverly hides the solid brick construction of the actual body of the palazzo. The painted effect of the sunlight that resonates against the white exterior adds even more to the splendor of the building.