Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Bacino, Venice, from off the Isola di San Giorgio, with Santa Maria della Salute at Sunset; the Salute, with the Campanili of Santi Cosma e Damiano and San Moisè Beyond

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 123 × 173 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31821
Turner Bequest CCCXIII 16

Catalogue entry

Finberg later annotated his 1909 Inventory entry (‘Views of Venice from the Canale de S. Marco’): ‘Salute’.1 The Turner scholar C.F. Bell marked another copy, amending ‘“Redetta”’ to read ‘Redentore’ and adding: ‘4 panoramas from gondola’.2 This is in reference to the sequence across this page and folio 15 verso opposite (D31820).
With the page turned horizontally, the central view is from the west side of the Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, shows the domes of the church of Santa Maria della Salute across the Bacino and the sun setting to its left, on the side facing the Canale della Giudecca. To the right of the church are the porch of the Dogana to its east, and the campanili of Santo Stefano and San Moisè, north of the Grand Canal. There is a similar view on the verso (D31822).
Above, separated by a rough pencil line, the other way up and somewhat awkwardly drawn mostly across the gutter on D31820, is another view towards the Salute and Dogana from about the same point, this time labelled to indicate the tower of Santi Cosma e Damiano towards the far end of the Giudecca on the left, and the campanile of San Moisè, north of the Grand Canal, on the right. It is a moot point as to whether the rapidly dashed lines between the domes of the two views, indicating high clouds catching the last of the sun, belong to the upper or lower sketch.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
Undated MS note by Finberg (died 1939) in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain, II, opposite p.1010.
2
Undated MS note by Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain, II, p.1010.

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