Like no other city, Venice has presented a challenge to artists throughout the centuries. Its location which is defined by the sea and its magnificent architectural backdrop along the Grand Canal convey the impression of a theatrical production that provokes an artistic response. From 1500 to the beginning of the twentieth century, Venice was celebrated by painters as the city of vision: Water, ships and processions provided a large audience with spectacles. Instead of paintings by the Venetian School, this exhibition focuses on the intense experiences triggered by the city and their transformation into art. It demonstrates why Venice remains one of the most inspirational places on earth. Due to the Biennale, Venice has remained a meeting place for artists. The exhibition presents paintings of Venice by Carpaccio, Canaletto, Tiepolo, Turner, Ruskin, Corot, Monet and Kandinsky.
William Turner (1775-1851): Seufzerbrücke, Dogenpalast und Zollhaus, um 1840, Tate, London. Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856