Turner's Venice.

By: Stainton, Lindsay.
Contributor(s): Turner, J. M. W.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: 1985; British Museum Pubns. ISBN: 0714180629.Subject(s): Painting - British | Critical studies | Venice | Italy | Special subjects | Paintings | Venice (Italy) in art | J. M. W TurnerDDC classification: 759.2TUR
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J.M.W. Turner was surely the most peripatetic of artists. The thousands of drawings, watercolors, and paintings that were the fruit of his travels have been the subject of monographs of a very high caliber, e.g., Eric Shanes's Turner's Picturesque Views in England and Wales, 1828-1835 (1979), Gerald Finley's Turner and George IV in Edinburgh, 1822 (CH, Jan '83), and John Russell and Andrew Wilton's Turner in Switzerland (Dubendorf: 1976). This book joins their company. Stainton's text is divided into several parts; the first section explores the importance Venice assumed in Turner's imagination as a potent symbol of imperial decline and as a place of visual splendor. The author is correct to draw attention to the literary context of Turner's fascination with the city, the most important writer being Lord Byron. The second section is a catalog where each work is discussed. The illustrations are limited to watercolors and prints but they are nearly of facsimile quality (for the oils see Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll's The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, 2nd rev. ed., CH, Apr '85). Like its predecessors, this publication is, by virtue of its exemplary text and lavish illustrations, important for both the specialist and the art lover. Highest recommendation. For undergraduates, all levels, graduate students, and general readers.-L.R. Matteson, University of Southern California