Joseph Mallord William TurnerVenice - Noon exhibited 1845

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Venice - Noon
Date exhibited 1845
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 610 x 918 mm frame: 877 x 1187 x 105 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not on display

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The pair to Venice - Sunset, a Fisher and exhibited with it with a reference, but no quotation, from Turner's manuscript poem Fallacies of Hope. Although the church of S. Giorgio and the Doge's palace are visible to left and right, the composition here is largely fanciful. The ruddy sunset colouring has since darkened, suggesting a melancholy air, but for a contemporary reviewer evoked 'a beautiful dream, full of Italy, and poetry, and summer'.

August 2004

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