Title:Nocturne: Palaces from "The Second Venice Set"Artist:James McNeill Whistler Date:1879-1880Creation Place:North America, United StatesCredit Line:The William M. Ladd Collection
Gift of Herschel V. Jones, 1916Accession Number:P.4,584
Palaces, like apparitions, mysteriously float between the dark water and the night sky. The lantern on the bridge faintly glows. Whistler used etching and drypoint to suggest the structure of the palaces, but to capture the subtle splendor of Venice by night he left a veil of ink on his plate to produce the glassy surface of the water and duskiness of the sky.