About this artwork

Turner immersed himself in the study of Venice during three short visits in 1819, 1833 and 1840. The city was then part of the Austrian Empire, and although no longer a great Mediterranean power, held an irresistible appeal for Romantic writers and artists. This remarkable work records a dramatic summer storm above the Piazzetta, the political and ceremonial heart of Venice. At the left is the Libreria Marciana, with the columns bearing statues of St Theodore and the lion of St Mark in the foreground, and the Doge’s Palace beyond.

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Joseph Mallord William Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner