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"Turner and Venice"
2003-10-10 until 2004-01-11
Tate Britain
London, , UK United Kingdom

Turner and Venice is the first major exhibition devoted to JMW Turnerís seminal trips to Venice will open at Tate Britain on 9 October. The exhibition, sponsored by Barclays PLC, spans the twenty years between Turnerís first visit to Venice in 1819 and his last in 1840 and will bring together around fifty-five oil paintings, and over one hundred watercolours, as well as prints, maps and Turnerís Venice sketchbooks.

The exhibition is set out as a tour of Turnerís Venice. Beginning with the monumental centre around the Dogeís Palace and the Basilica of San Marco, the succeeding rooms draw the visitor deeper into the cityís topography. This sequence culminates with a series of views of the Lagoon in which the city becomes merely a component part in Turnerís meditations on light, colour and the reflective surfaces of water and stone. †

The exhibition is curated by Ian Warrell, Collections Curator at Tate. The book Turner and Venice edited by Ian Warrell, published by Tate Publishing Ltd to accompany the exhibition at Tate Britain, is priced £29.99 in paperback.

IMAGE
JMW Turner
The Disembarkation of Louis-Philippe at Portsmouth,
8 October 1844 c. 1844-5


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