Joseph Mallord William Turner Venice, the Piazzetta with the Ceremony of the Doge Marrying the Sea c.1835

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Title
Venice, the Piazzetta with the Ceremony of the Doge Marrying the Sea
Date c.1835
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 914 x 1219 mm
frame: 1290 x 1595 x 90 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N04446
Not on display

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Although this painting is unfinished, it is possible to imagine how Turner would have developed it. The top half of the Doge's Palace and the Campanile of S.Marco are recognisable, but Turner abandoned the picture before bringing it to the detailed finish of other Venetian subjects dating from the 1830s. Among the group of figures in the foreground on the left is the Doge, depicted in the act of wedding the sea through the ritualised gift of a gold ring. The ceremony had ceased to take place by Turner's time, which implies that he intended the picture to be an historical subject.

September 2004

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