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14 Mar 2012

Turner and Claude at the National Gallery

Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude, National Gallery, London, 14 February-5 June

Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘Keelmen Heaving in Coals by Night’, 1835. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Widener Collection 1942.9.86

“Turner admired Claude most of all the Old Masters and enthused about the quality of light in the artist’s Italian landscapes. On his death, Turner left the National Gallery ‘Dido building Carthage’ and ‘Sun rising through Vapour: Fishermen cleaning and selling Fish’ in his will on condition that they were hung between two pictures by Claude, which he named as ‘The Seaport’ (‘Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba’) and ‘The Mill’ (‘Landscape with the Marriage of Isaac and Rebecca’). This exhibition brings together other closely related works by both artists, many of which share the same theme, giving visitors a chance to appreciate fully the enormous influence Claude’s mastery of light and landscape had on Turner from his formative years until the end of his life.” (from the National Gallery website)