Perspectives on Turner’s ‘Slave Ship’

One of J. M. W. Turner’s most celebrated paintings, Slave Ship (Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying, Typhoon Coming On) (1840) is a striking example of the artist’s fascination with violence—both human and elemental. In this six-minute video, Sylvia Quarles Simmons, honorary MFA trustee and Gallery Instructor Associate; Nancy Scott, professor of Art History, Brandeis University; and artist Musa Harar share their thoughts on Turner’s masterpiece.