28 x 35.6 cm art print featuring Palazzo Balbi on the Grand Canal, Venice by Joseph Mallord William Turner from the National Galleries of Scotland collection. This print comes delivered rolled in a cardboard tube.
The Grand Canal is the main thoroughfare and architectural showcase in Venice. In 1840 Turner set out to survey the entire route, using a dedicated sketchbook. This is a freely executed study of the Palazzo Balbi, with the Rialto Bridge visible in the distance. Turner captures the reflections of buildings and gondolas in the water with minimal brushstrokes. This view was famously painted by the Venetian artist Canaletto (1697–1768), whose work was popular in Britain.
Joseph Mallord William Turner (23 April 1775 – 19 December 1851) was an English Romantic painter, printmaker, and watercolourist. Turner's detailed, expansive, and atmospheric artwork celebrates the diversity and emotive power of nature and transformed the art of landscape painting in Britain. He was born in Covent Garden, the son of a barber, and exhibited his earliest sketches in his father's shop before studying at the Royal Academy Schools. Turner then became the youngest ever full member of the Royal Academy in 1802.