Joseph Mallord William Turner was a Romantic English painter who is well known for his seascapes and landscapes. During his second visit to Venice in 1833, he stayed at the Hotel Dandolo and from here, created a series of views of the city that captured his Romantic sensibility.
One such artwork is The Grand Canal, Venice which was painted in 1835. The painting depicts Turner’s view from the north east end of the Rialto Bridge. On the left, one can see the church of Santa Maria della Salute, and to its right is part Azzo Grimani. Over all these rooftops is seen the campanile of San Bartolomeo.
Five years later in 1838, Turner created The Fighting Temeraire Tugged To Her Last Berth To Be Broken Up – Joseph Mallord William Turner – 1838, which has become one of his renowned works with many themes having been associated with it – patriotism and nostalgia. This painting is yet another example of why J M W Turner continues to be one of Britain’s most acclaimed painters even today.