Picturing Venice

Watercolour of Venice canal

Detail of 'Venetian Canal' (around 1926), A B Waller.

1 May - 27 September 2015

Free entry

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'Picturing Venice' showcases this iconic city through the eyes of old and modern masters. Featuring works by artists including JMW Turner, Walter Sickert and Frank Brangwyn, the exhibition explores the influence of Venice on British art and culture.

The enduring appeal of ‘The Floating City’ to tourists and travellers is also considered in the exhibition; from its popularity among the European elite in the 17th century, to its position today as one of the world’s favourite tourist destinations.

The exhibition includes works by several British artists who travelled to Venice to exhibit at the Biennale. Held every two years, the event provides an international stage to showcase contemporary art.  

'Picturing Venice' will also present a selection of photographs of the ‘City of Water’ taken by pioneering photographer Carlo Ponti, who moved to Venice in 1852 and opened a shop selling photographic souvenirs to tourists.

Visitors will undoubtedly be familiar with many of the iconic tourist spots depicted in the exhibition, including the Piazza San Giovanni, St Mark’s facade and the majestic Doge’s Palace.

Image gallery

'The Doge's Palace', Venice (1840), JMW Turner. 'The Ducal Palace', Venice (1911), Charles H Mackie. 'The Rialto Bridge', Venice, with the Fondaco dei Tedeschi behind, Carlo Ponti.