Thomas Moran is perhaps best known for his paintings of the American West, but at the age of forty nine he became captivated by the Italian city of Venice, painting it more than any other subject during the last 35 years of his long career. Moran first visited Venice in 1886, but had already experienced the city through the literary and artistic works of Lord Byron, J. M. W. Turner, and John Ruskin. In a letter of 1888, Moran wrote, “Venice is an inexhaustible mine of pictorial treasures for the artist and of dreamy remembrance to those who have been fortunate enough to visit it.” In this dramatic work, Moran depicts the Grand Canal at sunset and has manipulated the composition so that two of Venice’s most prominent landmarks—the Campanile of St. Mark’s Basilica and the domes of Santa Maria della Salute—can be seen in a single view.
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- Titles Venice: Grand Canal at Sunset (Proper)
- Artist Thomas Moran, American, born Bolton, England, 1837 - 1926
- Medium oil on canvas
- Dimensions 13 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (34.3 x 49.5 cm) frame: 24 1/2 × 31 × 3 5/8 in. (62.2 × 78.7 × 9.2 cm)
- Credit Line Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Bequest of Virginia Bissell Spencer, AFI.79.2011
- Work Type painting
- Classification Paintings
- On View
- Inscription Verso: none
- Provenance Elmer J. Bissell (1917-1990) and Virginia Bissell (1927-2011), Birmingham, Alabama; inherited by his widow Virginia, later Virginia Bissell Spencer; gift to the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, September 22, 2011