- Friedrich Nerly
- Der Palazzo Foscari am Canale Grande, Venedig (The Palazzo Foscari on the Grand Canal, Venice)
- signed F. Nerly lower left
- oil on canvas
- 77 by 115cm., 30¼ by 45¼in.
Built for Doge Francesco Foscari in 1437, the Palazzo Foscari is a fine example of the fifteenth-century Venetian Gothic style, with its finely carved white Istrian stone façade and pointed arches. With its splendid setting and commanding views across the Grand Canal towards the Rialto, it was chosen as the lodging place for Henry III of France in 1574. It is now part of the University of Venice.
Born Friedrich Nehrlich in Erfurt, Nerly moved to Hamburg at an early age following the death of his parents, where he became the protegé and pupil of artist and patron Baron Carl Friedrich von Rumohr. In 1828 Rumohr sponsored Nerly's first trip to Italy, which the young artist chose to adopt as his home. He spent the first six years in Rome, before settling permanently in Venice. He became so assimilated into Venetian culture that he italianised his name from Nehrlich to Nerly.