boats with colorful sails at left; calm water; view of buildings in Venice in background

View of Venice, 1902

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Gift of Robert Crane Wintonexpand_more  2010.92

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When Thomas Moran first arrived in Venice he wrote to his wife, Mary: "Venice is all, and more, than travelers have reported of it. It is wonderful."

Moran's exploration of bright color and shimmering light in this romantic watercolor pays homage to the art of J. M. W. Turner and embodies the sentiment of Lord Byron's poem, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage:

I loved her from my boyhood; she to me
Was a fairy city of the heart,
Rising like water columns from the sea,
Of joy the sojourn, and of wealth the mart…
Perchance even dearer in her day of woe,
Than when she was a boast, a marvel, and a show.

Details
Title
View of Venice
Artist Life
1837 - 1926
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2010.92
Provenance
Purchased from the artist by the grandmother of Robert Crane Winton, 1902; by descent to Mr. Winton (until 2010; given to MIA)
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boats with colorful sails at left; calm water; view of buildings in Venice in background