A forgotten painting of a world gone wrong • Eurogamer.net
Yeah, straight from the top of my dome.
One of my favorite paintings in the world is not very good. It’s not actively bad, and it’s way better than anything I could do, it’s just not very good. It’s far from great, comfortably non-shiny. The gallery that owns it doesn’t even exhibit it most of the time. For most of his life on Earth, I suspect he will be dropped off somewhere in the calm darkness.
I saw it when it was briefly exposed, however. And I immediately loved it. At the turn of the century – I love to have lived through a period where I can just insert this phrase – Tate Britain organized an exhibition on Turner’s paintings of Venice. I took my mom, for some reason. She absolutely hates Turner. Unfortunately, the exhibit didn’t give me much ammo to change her mind. Turner’s paintings of Venice at their best are simply eerie: he sometimes captures something strange in the mixture of a radioactive sunset, distant buildings rising from the water covered in twinkling lights, and people standing by. moving on delicate boats, and for a second in those moments you can see the human race from the outside, so to speak. In these moments, we look elegant, vaguely alien, serene, and fantastic. I don’t know if that was his intention. Most of his other paintings of Venice – and I say this as a big Turner fan – are a bit drab.