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§3 Joseph Mallord William Turner – Venice, the Bridge of Sighs (1840)

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Exhibition Title: Turner from the Tate: The Making of a Master

Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Term: October 8 – December 18, 2013

This painting was created based on sketches drawn during his stay in Venice in 1833, while inspired by a poem of George Gordon Byron. “The Bridge of Sighs” refers to the arch-like bridge that connects the Doge’s Palace on the left and the New Prisons on the right. Once a criminal was given sentence in an interrogation chamber, he/she walked across the bridge and incarcerated into the prison.
Courtesy: Tate Museum, London

 

I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs; A palace and a prison on each hand

“Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage” (1818) by George Gordon Byron

 

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