Paradise Lost by Gustave Dore, 1866.
Ohh, but it is going to be so hard for me not to like and reblog all of your photos as well, love. c:
Félix Ziem, Grand Canal (c. 1850)
“Famous for his Mediterranean skies and a vision of the East reminiscent of The Thousand and One Nights, Félix Ziem (Beaune 1821 – Paris 1911) was a nomadic, unique and eccentric artist. The son of a Polish tailor who migrated to France, he began architecture studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Dijon before abruptly turning a page on university and his father. His long, prolific career began in the 1840s when he fell in love with the Mediterranean and, later, Venice. An extensive traveller, friend of the Barbizon school of artists, admirer of Claude Lorrain and J. M. W. Turner, Ziem played a unique part in the 19th century art world. He managed to attract a wide range of patrons through works that conjured up dreams of Venice and Constantinople.” - Le Petit Palais