Although Byron was based in or near Venice when Turner first visited the city in 1819, there is no evidence that they met. Turner's nevertheless provide a splendid counterpoint to Byron's poetic impressions, observing the city from near and afar, by day and night, and in an infinite variety of moods. This sparkling view of Venice from the lagoon seems to echo Byron's own introduction to the city in the third canto of 'Childe Harold': 'She looks a sea Cybele, fresh from oceans,/ Rising with her tiara of proud towers'.
Gallery label, August 2004
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