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image of Approach to Venice Joseph Mallord William Turner (artist)
British, 1775 - 1851
Approach to Venice, 1844
oil on canvas
overall: 62 x 94 cm (24 7/16 x 37 in.) framed: 88 x 118.4 x 12.4 cm (34 5/8 x 46 5/8 x 4 7/8 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
1937.1.110
On View
From the Tour: Constable and Turner — British Landscapes of the Early 1800s
Object 11 of 11

Conservation Notes

The medium-weight canvas is finely plain woven; it was lined in 1971. The ground is off-white. The painting is executed with thick white impasto covered with very thin transparent glaze washes of intense colors which create a flickering effect in the highlights. The glazes have been abraded, or possibly, in the case of the red lakes beneath the city, have faded. The impasto has been slightly flattened during lining. There is extensive craquelure which significantly disrupts the composition. There are a great number of scattered small retouches in the sky and foreground. The dammar varnish applied in 1971 has discolored yellow slightly.

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