Joseph Mallord William Turner
Venetian Scene c.1840–5

Artwork details

Venetian Scene
Date c.1840–5
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 794 x 787 mm
frame: 950 x 952 x 60 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not on display

Display caption

This is an unfinished work in the
square format which Turner used
in the 1840s, mainly for pairs of pictures on contrasting themes. The subject, involving a procession of figures, is not
yet clear, and it is impossible to be certain that the painting shows Venice. The sky
is worked with a palette knife and with curved sweeps of the brush, building up the vertical swirls that are pronounced in some of Turner's late exhibited pictures.

September 2004

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