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All' Ave Maria

John Singer Sargent

American Art

All’Ave Maria, whose title references late afternoon vespers, depicts the church and school of Santo Spirito, adjacent Renaissance structures facing the promenade on the Zattere. This is one of Sargent’s more rapidly executed watercolors, painted without any preparatory drawing and executed wet into wet, so that strokes bled into one another. Forms such as the boats and figures are suggested by loose, almost abstract brushwork. The artist’s use of wet wiping to lift color off the paper is evident in the variable blue of the sky.
MEDIUM Translucent watercolor and touches of opaque watercolor
DATES ca. 1902-1904
DIMENSIONS 10 x 14 1/16 in. (25.4 x 35.7 cm) frame: 17 3/4 x 23 7/8 x 1 3/8 in. (45.1 x 60.6 x 3.5 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS not visible
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Purchased by Special Subscription
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925). All' Ave Maria, ca. 1902-1904. Translucent watercolor and touches of opaque watercolor, 10 x 14 1/16 in. (25.4 x 35.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by Special Subscription, 09.806
IMAGE overall, 09.806_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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