Venice, from the Porch of Madonna della Salute, ca. 1835. Joseph Mallord William Turner. Oil on canvas. Bequest of Cornelius Vanderbilt, 1899.
Turner drew on his considerable experience as a marine painter and the brilliance of his technique as a watercolorist to create this view, in which the foundations of the palaces of Venice merge into the waters of the lagoon by means of delicate reflections. He based the composition on a rather slight pencil drawing made during his first trip to Venice, in 1819, but the painting is really the outcome of his second visit, in 1833. He exhibited this canvas to wide acclaim at the Royal Academy, London, in 1835.