I don't know who designed it, but the gondolier's uniform makes them look good. They always wear black trousers and shoes. And they wear a polo or a T-shirt with stripes. I've seen two versions: red and white stripes or blue and white stripes. Sometimes they put on a straw hat with a ribbon in a matching color with a stripe.
In an old city like Venice where buildings and streets (and canals) look more weathered than starkly clean or bright, gondolier's dark-colored outfit from waist down often fades into the background. But it's the stripes of their shirt that sparkle. That's where I try to leave the white of the paper when I paint them in watercolor.
Two Gondoliers, Venice, Italy I
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Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 in. (on 9 x 12 in. paper)
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