Venice is a place full of nostalgia. Like no other city it has inspired, through the centuries, not only visitors but also artists. The palaces, whose foundations rest in the sea and their architectures overlook the Grand Canal, appear as a spectacle created to provoke a reaction among artists. From the 1500s to the beginning of the 20th century, painters have celebrated Venice as an urban setting where water, gondolas and pageants have always staged a marvellous public performance. Their vision of the city has contributed to shaping the image of Venice.