John Piper

(18) The Salute I

  • Signed (lower right)
  • Oil on canvas
  • 48 x 60 ins

On Loan

Purchased at the 1960 exhibition by the family of the present owner, thence by descent

London, Arthur Jeffress Gallery, Paintings and Watercolours of Venice by John Piper, 31 May - 24 June, 1960, cat. no. 1

Venice first caught Piper's artistic eye when he visited the city on a family holiday in May 1923. On this trip Piper was inspired by viewing a statue inside Santa Maria della Salute to write a poem, The Saint, which he published in a privately printed collection of his poems later that year.

This façade became one of Piper's five designs for Arthur Sanderson & Co's Centenary celebrations in 1960. Piper also made the same view into a large canvas surround for the substantial fireplace in the entrance to his patron Sir Osbert Sitwell's Renishaw Hall.