Venice was a favourite painting destination for Sickert between 1895 and 1904. This painting can be dated to around 1901 and was most likely painted in the artist?s Dieppe studio from sketches made in Venice. Unlike earlier paintings of St Mark?s, Sickert has chosen to concentrate on a fragment of the building instead of painting the facade from the front. Although the cathedral is a famous landmark, this representation is given a twist through its bold composition, focusing on the left door of the five entrance archways. Sickert?s experimentation with unusual compositions was influenced by his contact with the artist Edgar Degas.