Depositing of John Bellini's Three Pictures in La Chiesa Redentore, Venice
Artist Joseph Mallord William Turner found deep inspiration in Venice, which he visited several times in his career, producing many pencil and watercolor sketches and over 30 oil paintings of the city.
Venice: The Redentore, with the Eastern Parts of the Giudecca Canal 1840 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851 Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856, http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/D32183
Michael John White, Il Redentore, 2016. © Michael White
Though he sometimes depicted the landscape as he saw it, as seen in this comparison of his watercolor sketch and a modern photo of the same location, he painted Depositing John Bellini’s Three Pictures in La Chiesa Redentore
with an additional narrative layer. Here, he features an imagined procession of festively decorated boats celebrating the delivery of three paintings by 16th
century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini to the church of Il Redentore.