His family name wasn’t Tassi, he planned to steal paintings, intended to murder his wife, had an adulterous affair with his sister-in-law, and raped Artemisia Gentileschi. But he has one redeeming feature.
Knowing when one of Turner’s paintings is narrative can be very tricky. But there are dangers in over-interpretation. Here are some ideas to assist in their reading.
How many in the White House know the story of the memorial fountain just opposite – of Butt and Millet, Tennyson, and Oenone?
Despite difficulties over attribution and other mysteries, he was key to the development of the Venetian style.
Few landscape painters since have not been deeply influenced by his pioneering paintings. He also anticipated photographic effects on focus.
Does the way in which Turner painted reflections give deeper insight into his work, or his limitations?
Today, many consider him to be the father of American landscape painting.
In his later years, Poussin turned more to landscape painting. This is one of his most sublime and pure landscapes, idealised rather than representing any view of the real world, and one of the greatest landscape paintings.