The Doge's Palace (Le Palais ducal)
On View: Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
Daunted by Venice’s innumerable picturesque views and art-historical legacy, Monet delayed visiting the city until 1908. Once there, he explored familiar artistic concerns—reflection, atmosphere, and structure— through the city’s fundamental visual elements: its water, light, and architecture. To capture the Doge’s Palace, one of Venice’s most notable monuments, Monet positioned himself across an expanse of water, in a gondola. Despite the horizontal format of the canvas, and of the palace itself, the painter accentuated the vertical through reflection, dissolving the solid structure into a shimmer of pink, green, and yellow. Although Monet spent several sessions painting directly in front of his subject, he reworked this canvas in his Giverny studio in preparation for a 1912 exhibition.
Oil on canvas
32 x 39 in. (81.3 x 99.1 cm)
Frame: 41 1/4 x 49 x 3 5/8 in. (104.8 x 124.5 x 9.2 cm) (show scale)
Signed and dated lower right: "Claude Monet 1908"
Gift of A. Augustus Healy
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Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926). The Doge's Palace (Le Palais ducal), 1908. Oil on canvas, 32 x 39 in. (81.3 x 99.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of A. Augustus Healy, 20.634
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