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This is one of a few paintings of Venice which Turner may have begun in the
hope of generating commissions.
It remained unfinished.

 

It shows the lower end of the Grand
Canal, with the dome of the church
of Santa Maria della Salute shimmering
in the afternoon light. Of the pictures Turner painted in his last years, it was
his images of Venice that were least controversial and most popular
with collectors.

 

September 2004