Venice: John Singer Sargent produced 700 works in watercolor 1900 -1914. Painted mostly outdoors, they include gardens, architectural fragments, exotic figure studies, boats, fruit, and foliage. In depictions of Venice, which he visited almost yearly, Sargent’s favorite perspective was from a gondola, at water level. Sargent’s watercolors were composed directly in color. Rarely were the forms outlined in pencil.
This late 14th or early 15th century tower was the setting for the most traumatic year in the life of Mary Queen of Scots. It was here in 1567 that she was imprisoned and forced to abdicate before her dramatic escape a year later. Visitors can enjoy the fragrance from the large beds of pink purslane in the south and east wooded walks from April to July.