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Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum | Licence: No known copyright restrictions

Santa Maria della Salute

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From the Collection

Description

Sargent's underdrawing for the church is meticulously executed in straight ruled graphite lines, whose end points are visible at the bottoms and tops of columns. Horizontal ruled lines of the stairs are visible through the washes of the figures in the boat. In contrast, the boats and figures in the foreground have minimal underdrawing and are rendered in loose, mostly wet washes. Sargent used a sharp tool to scrape off paint and create the squiggly highlights on and around the boats. This is the largest Sargent watercolor in Brooklyn's collection and the only one both signed and dated by the artist.

Descriptive medium: Translucent and opaque watercolor and graphite, with graphite underdrawing

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Image Credit

Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum

From the Watercolour World

Location

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, Italy

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