John Singer Sargent's Santa Maria della Salute 1904
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Santa Maria della Salute
John Singer Sargent -- American painter 
Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
Transparent watercolor with small touches of opaque watercolor over graphite on off-white, thick, rough-textured wove paper 
46.2 x  58.4 cm (18 3/16 x 23 in.)
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Santa Maria della SaluteThe Santa Maria della Salute is one of the significant buildings of Venice (thumbnail). Sargent painted it a number of times, but never full-on or complete. 

He characterized his paintings in Venice as "snapshots" and wanted very much to capture the feel of the place from an "every-man's" point of view and not necessarily from the typical tourist vantage. 

On the Steps of the Salute 

In 1907 (thumbnail) he paints the building from behind on the Canal della Giudecca (I think) with its domes in the distance. The  fishing boats in the foreground being the life blood of some of its people. 

Then yet again in 1913 -- this time in oil -- paints the Salute from the exact same location as 1904.
Santa Maria della Salute 1913
Santa Maria della Salute

Venice - La Salute

Santa Maria della Salute 

Santa Maria della Salute 
c 1905-1908

Sketching on the Giudecca Venice
All of these paintings were done from Gondolas right on the canals which Sargent uses extensively for his watercolors.



John Singer Sargent, An Exhibition -- Whitney Museum, NY & The Art Institute of Chicago 1986-1987

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