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 vision.

Turner & the Sea was produced by the National Maritime Museum, part of Royal Museums Greenwich, London. Supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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]

East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq. the Regatta Beating to Windward (1828)

East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq. the Regatta Beating to Windward (1828)

Joseph Mallord William Turner. Indianapolis Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Noyes

Fishermen at Sea (exhibited 1796)

Fishermen at Sea (exhibited 1796)

Joseph Mallord William Turner. © Tate, London 2014. Purchased 1972.

Staffa, Fingal’s Cave (1831-1832)

Staffa, Fingal’s Cave (1831-1832)

Joseph Mallord William Turner. Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

Sheerness as Seen from the Nore (1808)

Sheerness as Seen from the Nore (1808)

Joseph Mallord William Turner. Courtesy of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Museum purchase with funds provided by the Alice Pratt Brown Museum Fund and the Brown Foundation Accessions Endowment Fund, with additional gifts from Isabel B. and Wallace S. Wilson, The Brown Foundation, Inc., and Ann Trammell

The Loss of an East Indiaman (circa 1818)

The Loss of an East Indiaman (circa 1818)

Joseph Mallord William Turner. Courtesy of the Trustees of the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford. Acquired with the assistance of The Art Fund.

Sunset at Ambleteuse (c. 1845)

Sunset at Ambleteuse (c. 1845)

Joseph Mallord William Turner, From Ambleteuse and Wimereux Sketchbook. Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856. © Tate, London 2014

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

Members-Only Gallery Talk ›
Turner & the Sea
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 9am
Reservations by July 25

Members $20

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

 

Members-Only Gallery Talk ›
Turner & the Sea
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 9am
Reservations by August 1

Members $20

Join Paula Richter, Curator for Exhibitions and Research, for an in-depth tour before the museum opens.

 

Push, Pull, Scrape & Stamp › For families with children ages 4 and up
Studio Discovery
Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Discover how J.M.W. Turner experimented with paint, then meet abstract painter Rachel Desrochers, who uses everything from sticks to hockey pucks to make her art. Suit up with a smock to explore the tools and techniques that can be tapped to create an abstract painting. 

Made possible by American Dental Partners

 

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