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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Eye Candy for Today: Turner’s Venice

Posted by Charley Parker at 11:45 pm

Venice: The Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore, Joseph Mallord William Turner
Venice: The Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore, Joseph Mallord William Turner

Another of Turner’s magically luminous excursions into Venice.

Turner gives us three worlds here — the city and sky, the reflections in the water, and the surface of the water.

Look at what he does with the shadows of of unseen objects in the foreground!

In the National Gallery of Art, D.C.

3 comments for Eye Candy for Today: Turner’s Venice »

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  1. Comment by David J Teter
    Saturday, December 7, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

    Thanks Charley,
    I must admit as far as Turner’s work goes this was one I never paid much attention to.
    But you do have a way of presenting work in a fresh way, even if by a brief comment.
    I now see this one in a different light.

  2. Comment by Ash
    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

    Thanks to you I was able to visit the Frick Collection and view all the gorgeous dutch paintings :) I’ve seen a similar painting of Turners, I believe was titled Nice at Frick.

  3. Comment by cparker
    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

    Good to know. Thanks.

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