John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925)
Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper
15 3/4 x 21 in. (40 x 53.5 cm)
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1915 (15.142.10)
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.