Sketching a Gondola in Venice, Italy
An icon of the city, the graceful gondolas of Venice are individual works of art in addition to beloved modes of transportation. Their elegant contours embellish the memories and photos of countless visitors, but relatively few comprehend the complexity and balance of their refined forms. An eye for detail may reveal the functional elegance of their asymmetrical design: the boats bulge to one side to accommodate the off-center load of the gondoliers. For an artistic exercise with your morning coffee, sketch the lines and volume of these classic vessels. You'll gain a deeper appreciation for Italy's history of exquisite design by understanding the delicate unity of form and function that is the Venetian gondola.