Artwork of the Week: April 19

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Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775–1851), The Campo Santo, Venice, oil on canvas, 1842. 24 ½ x 36 ½ in. Gallery 31

Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775–1851), The Campo Santo, Venice, oil on canvas, 1842. 24 ½ x 36 ½ in. Gallery 31

With this painting, the audience is confronted with a view of Venice that was not often painted: the great expanse of the lagoon and the cemetery island of San Michele in the right background. San Michele was not thought to accurately represent the city, since its size lacked grandeur or large, monumental buildings like the mainland. Here, the mainland is made less significant in the left background of the painting.


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