Behind the Scenes in Conservation: an American Artist in Venice

Our paintings conservator has enjoyed having this idyllic scene of Venice on the easel as she cleaned it and attached it to a new stretcher.  The painting, by American Impressionist John White Alexander (1856-1915), is a recent acquisition that arrived with the title “Canal in Venice”.  Our conservator sent an image to a knowledgeable colleague living in Venice, who quickly identified the exact “fondamenta” where Alexander set up his easel.  It looks very similar today, more than 125 years later.  The painting’s title is now “Rio de Ognissanti, Dorsoduro, Venice.”  Just one of the benefits of spending hours in front of a single work!