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The Piazzetta, Venice About 1835

Not on display

A bolt of lightning flashes across the Piazzetta viewed from the Grand Canal, illuminating the Doge's Palace, the side and one dome of St Marks and the arcade of the Marciana Library. The statue of St Theodore, the first patron saint of Venice, and the winged lion of St Mark on top of the monolithic columns, tower above people running for cover from the rain. Turner conveys both the drama of the storm and the beauty of the Piazzetta with spectacular scraping off and rubbing into the paper's white surface. This work was made sometime after Turner's second visit to Venice in 1833.

Glossary Open


The rulers and chief magistrates of the former republics of Genoa and Venice in Italy.



  • Acc. No. D NG 871
  • Medium Watercolour and bodycolour with pen and ink and scraping on paper
  • Size 22.10 x 32.10 cm
  • Credit Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900