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A Street in Venice

John Singer Sargent

American, 1856–1925

A Street in Venice

c. 1880–82

This narrow alleyway, with its peeling plaster walls and a burst of light at the far end, draws us into an ambiguous situation. A woman steps over the threshold of a wine cellar, looking out at us as if we have intruded on a private meeting. The man facing her seems unaware of being observed. This is one of nearly twenty paintings in which Sargent, instead of focusing on iconic views of Venice, offers a glimpse into everyday life.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 29 9/16 x 20 5/8 in. (75.1 x 52.4 cm) Frame: 36 5/16 x 15 7/16 x 2 3/8 in. (92.2 x 39.2 x 6 cm)
Object Number 1955.575
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1926
Status On View

Image Caption

John Singer Sargent, A Street in Venice, c. 1880–82, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.575.


Conrads, Margaret C. American Paintings and Sculpture at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1990.


To J. Nicolopoulo; (Scott & Fowles, New York); to Robert Sterling Clark, November 2, 1926.