Aug 11, 2010
Dec 4, 2012

Basin of San Marco

Basin of San Marco


Thomas Moran

(American, 1837–1926)

Watercolor over graphite

Support: Cream (3) wove paper (discolored) laid down on yellow-orange board

Sheet: 30.3 x 48.1 cm (11 15/16 x 18 15/16 in.)

Bequest of Mrs. Henry A. Everett for the Dorothy Burnham Everett Memorial Collection 1938.107



Moran's watercolor of Venice captures both the splendor of the city and the pathos of its fading glory. His interest in the subject was no doubt influenced by John Ruskin's famous book The Stones of Venice (1851–53), as well as by the paintings and watercolors of the British artist Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), whom Ruskin greatly admired.

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