Tintoretto's House, Venice
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Tintoretto's House, Venice 1894
  • Scottish Art
Cameron’s print shows the Venetian home of the artist Tintoretto, where he lived from 1574 until his death in 1594. This image reveals the influence of Whistler in the way Cameron combined the beautiful interplay of sunlight bouncing off carved masonry. He varied between passages of intense detail and blank open areas, to produce a balanced and harmonious composition. This etching is No. 6 of ‘The North Italian Set’, a collection of prints that Cameron made during his visit to Italy. Only twenty-five complete sets were printed and initially offered for sale at £30 per set. The demand for Cameron prints was such that by 1911 a set would fetch £460 at auction, and by 1929 another set reached the astronomical sum of £1,290.

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Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Etching

A form of printmaking in which a metal plate is covered with a substance called a 'ground', usually wax, into which an image is drawn with a needle. Acid is applied, eroding the areas of the plate exposed but not the areas covered by wax. The action of the acid creates lines in the metal plate that hold the ink from which a print is made when the plate is pressed against paper under pressure.

Composition, Etching

Details

  • Acc. No. P 3076
  • Medium Etching on paper
  • Size 25.20 x 12.40 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2003