John Singer Sargent American

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To the south of Venice, a wide canal separates Giudecca, eight small islands, from the rest of the city. A picturesque charm has long been associated with Giudecca, attracting artists for many centuries—both Francesco Guardi (1712–1793) and Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851) painted views of it. However, their images almost always include recognizable landmarks. In his rendering, Sargent avoids identifiable Venetian monuments in recording the characteristics of a typical neighborhood. The inclusion of sailing vessels invokes the city’s historical importance as an Adriatic port.

Giudecca, John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London), Watercolor and graphite on off-white paper, American

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