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A full moon illuminates the cloudy sky in this painting by Joseph Mallord William Turner, known as J. M. W. Turner. Turner experimented with painting techniques to convey mood and atmosphere. Looking closely at the surface, can you see that he painted some areas more thickly than others, such as the silvery-white moon and the yellow-orange torch-lights? These raised areas create a textured surface that catches light on the canvas. On view in the West Building, Main Floor, Gallery 57. http://www.nga.gov/cgi-bin/ploc?object=1225 ---- Find the Children's Video Tour at http://www.nga.gov/education/timetravel/index.shtm

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