The Piazzetta, Venice by Joseph Mallord William Turner art print

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28 x 35.6 cm

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28 x 35.6 cm art print featuring The Piazzetta, Venice by Joseph Mallord William Turner from the National Galleries of Scotland collection. This print comes delivered rolled in a cardboard tube.

A crack of lightning streaks the sky above the Piazzetta, the historic heart of government in Venice, and bystanders run for cover. The city of canals captured Turner’s imagination more than any other place. This watercolour dates from his third and final visit in August 1840. Beyond the statue of the winged lion of Saint Mark, the Doge’s Palace glows amber in the uncanny light. A section of St Mark’s Basilica shines ghostly white. Turner created the white highlights by scratching the paper surface. He is said to have used ‘his eagle-claw of a thumbnail’ for this purpose.

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.