Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Rooftops of Venice, with the Campanile of San Marco (St Mark’s) and San Giorgio Maggiore, from the Hotel Europa Palazzo Giustinian) at Sunrise

1840

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 198 × 280 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35949
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 106

Display caption

The large group of watercolours which resulted from Turner's last visit to Venice in 1840 is characterised by a delicious liquidity which unifies air and water in layered, coloured mists. He stayed near the mouth of the Grand Canal at the Hotel Europe, from where he made sketches over the rooftops after dark. Alternatively, from a gongola off the great Piazzetta, he was able to see the sun set down the wide canal of the Giudecca.

Gallery label, August 2004

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