Joseph Mallord William Turner Venice: San Giorgio Maggiore - Early Morning 1819

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Title
Venice: San Giorgio Maggiore - Early Morning
From Como and Venice Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXI
Date 1819
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 223 x 287 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15254
Turner Bequest CLXXXI 4
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Turner visited Venice for the first time in 1819. He stayed only a few days, but the city inspired him to make a group of exceptionally free and limpid views, revealing a new understanding of the qualities of pure watercolour. These watercolours were made from points at or near the entrance to the Grand Canal and the Canale della Giudecca. Here Sta Maria Maggiore seems to have been observed from the Palazzo Giustiniani, which later became the Hotel Europa, where Turner stayed on subsequent visits to the city.

August 2004

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