Venetian Canal

Artist: John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)

Date: 1913

Medium: Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper

Dimensions: 15 3/4 x 21 in. (40 x 53.3 cm)
Mat: 22 × 28 in. (55.9 × 71.1 cm)
Framed (standard exhibition frame): 24 1/2 × 30 1/2 × 1 1/8 in. (62.2 × 77.5 × 2.9 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1915

Accession Number: 15.142.10

Description

Like many of his contemporaries, Sargent was captivated by Venice and visited the city frequently between 1898 and 1913. For the focal point of this watercolor, he chose the relatively obscure yet picturesque tower of the Church of San Barnaba. He positioned himself close to the water, as if in a gondola, to present a view looking down the Rio de San Barnaba toward the Grand Canal.

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