Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The Rio della Salute, Venice, between the Churches of Santa Maria della Salute and San Gregorio


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 123 × 173 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXIII 58 a

Catalogue entry

This very lightly rendered sketch was made with the page turned horizontally. It possibly shows the view south along the narrow Rio della Salute off the Grand Canal, with the heavily articulated Baroque church of Santa Maria della Salute on the left, and verticals on the right hinting at the slender facets of the polygonal Gothic apse of the former monastery church of San Gregorio. Both are seen in their wider setting on the recto (D31904).
Compare the atmospheric contemporary watercolour showing The North-Western Façade of Santa Maria della Salute, Seen from the Grand Canal (National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh),1 associated with the dispersed ‘Storm’ sketchbook (see the Introduction to the 1840 Grand Canal and Giudecca book; Tate; Turner Bequest CCCXV).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.464 no.1370, reproduced.

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