Piper, John: Santa Maria Della Salute – RESERVED


John Piper’s involvement with Santa Maria Della Salute went back to at least the late 1950s, when it was the basis for his textile design, Chiesa Della Salute, for Arthur Sanderson & Sons, and which we have in stock. John Sparrow (1906-1992) was a literary historian, an Oxford don and a poet.

This superb print was made from a magical and dramatic drawing by John Piper made to illustrate a poem by John Sparrow addressing the church, the signed folder is available when purchasing the print. Only 200 folders and prints were produced and this is number 177. Both the folder and print are remarkably hard to find, especially in this excellent condition, and the print has been newly framed.

Commonly known as the Salute, this iconic Roman Catholic Church and minor basilica is located at Punta della Dogana in the Dorsoduro sestiere of Venice. It stands at the Bacino di San Marco on the narrow finger of Punta della Dogana between the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal making the church visible when entering the Piazza San Marco from the water. The church has been famously depicted by Canaletto, Turner, Sargent, and others.

Artist: John Piper (British, 1903-1992)

Title and date: Santa Maria Della Salute, 1975

Size: 39.4 x 57.8 cms.


Artist description: Born in Epsom, John Egerton Christmas Piper studied at Richmond School of Art and the Royal College of Art from 1926-8. In the mid 1930a, after a visit to Paris, he turned to abstraction. He became a member of the London Group in 1933 and the ‘Seven and Five’ group in 1934-5. During this period he became friends with Oliver Simon of the Curwen Press and his interest in lithography and print making grew. During the Second World War, Piper was appointed as an official war artist recording the effects of the blitz on Britain’s buildings. After the war, he became a Trustee of the Tate and National Galleries and in 1959 he became a member of the Royal Fine Art Commission. Piper is best known for his extensive studies of British architecture and landscape in oil, watercolour and print, and for his photography, stained glass, ceramics, fabric design, murals, stage sets and costume design. His work is held in many Museums and Galleries.