Joseph Mallord William Turner St Benedetto, Looking towards Fusina exhibited 1843

Artwork details

Artist
Title
St Benedetto, Looking towards Fusina
Date Exhibited 1843
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 622 x 927 mm
frame: 872 x 1176 x 105 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N00534
On display at Tate Britain

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This painting demonstrates Turner’s ability to capture and define the spirit of place. Despite the baffling absence of any church named San Benedetto, the view is an authentic Venetian prospect looking from the Giudecca Canal towards Fusina on the mainland. More than that, however, it was Turner’s stylistic treatment of colour, light and water which constituted the very essence of how people thought about Venice. This was most clearly expressed by John Ruskin who wrote that ‘without one single accurate detail’ it was ‘the likest thing to what it is meant for ... of all that I have ever seen’.

February 2010

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