‘Venice was surely built to be painted by ... Turner’, wrote a critic of the Art Union
in 1842. In this work, the colours, water and landmarks seem to blend seamlessly together. Unlike Turner’s Roman landscapes which are dominated by ruins and references to an ancient past, Turner’ Venetian landscapes focused on the unique combination of water, light and airy renaissance architecture.
Joseph Mallord William Turner
The Dogano, San Giorgio, Citella, from the Steps of the Europa exhibited 1842
61.6 x 92.7 cm
Date of work
Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London; he remained a Londoner and kept a Cockney accent all his life despite dominating British landscape painting throughout the first half of the 19th century. He established a reputation in the Royal Academy, first as a topographical watercolourist and then within a few years as a painter of sublime and historical landscapes. From the mid-1790s he settled on the routine he maintained for much of his life: touring in summer and working in the studio in the winter months. He opened his own gallery and had many patrons and admirers as well as detractors. After his death a large body of his works in oil and watercolour was given to the British nation, with many on show at Tate Britain.