Exhibitions

Venice: The Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore, 1834

Joseph Mallord William Turner, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Widener Collection, 1942.9.85. [LOA1457/1942.9.835]

Turner & the Sea

On view May 31, 2014 to September 1, 2014

Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries

In the first full-scale examination of Joseph Mallord William Turner's lifelong preoccupation with the sea, this exhibition features iconic works spanning the artist's career from his transformative Academy paintings of the late 1790s and early 1800s, to the unfinished, experimental seascapes produced towards the end of his life. At turns dramatic, contemplative, beautiful and sublime, the sea's mercurial properties captivated Turner and his contemporaries who repeatedly returned to the subject. Iconic Turner masterpieces are exhibited alongside works by other major European and American artists, providing a rich artistic context for Turner's groundbreaking maritime vision.

The National Maritime Museum, part of Royal Museums Greenwich, London, produced Turner & the Sea. The Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities supported the exhibition with an indemnity.

Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation, and The Manton Foundation provided generous support.

The East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum also provided support.

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Images

Venice: The Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore, 1834

Venice: The Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore, 1834

Joseph Mallord William Turner, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Widener Collection, 1942.9.85. [LOA1457/1942.9.835]

The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805

The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805

1822-1824, Joseph Mallord William Turner. © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Greenwich Hospital Collection.

Related Events

Turner & the Sea ›
OPENING DAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 11am - 4pm

Included with museum admission

Come celebrate the artistic genius of J.M.W. Turner with a film, talk with the curators, watercolor demonstration and performance by the Handel and Haydn Society.

Members-Only Gallery Talk ›
Turner & the Sea
Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 9am
Reservations by June 3

Members $20

Daniel Finamore, The Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History, leads this talk before the museum opens.

 

Monsters in the Cliffs › For children ages 5 to 8 with adult
Story Trails
Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 2pm - 3pm
Tickets available on day of program

Seashells of stone and bones of giant monsters light the imagination of a young girl named Mary Anning. Learn more about this early dinosaur hunter as we read Stone Girl, Bone Girl by Laurence Anholt then create a glue-resist fossil painting of your own.

Made possible by the Lowell Institute

Further Reading