Walter Richard Sickert

St Mark’s, Venice (Pax Tibi Marce Evangelista Meus)

1896

Not on display

Artist
Walter Richard Sickert 1860–1942
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 908 × 1200 mm
frame: 1223 × 1513 × 70 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by General Sir Ian Hamilton GCB, GCMG, DSO 1949
Reference
N05914

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Sickert first visited Venice in 1895. He painted St Mark's basilica several times under different conditions, possibly inspired by Monet's paintings of Rouen Cathedral, which he had seen in Paris. However, unlike Monet, he was not concerned with fleeting effects of light. Instead, he concentrated on the structure and mosaics, using the light to accentuate the sparkling gold pinnacles and to emphasise the spirituality of the basilica. This is Sickert's largest and most elaborate depiction of the front elevation. The title includes the Latin motto of the city: 'Peace be unto to you, Mark, my Evangelist'. The picture was first exhibited at the New English Art Club in 1897.


Gallery label, September 2004

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