David travels to three locations in Venice that inspired provocative, iconoclastic artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler during his transformative trip in 1879-1880. Whistler had escaped to Venice from London in 1879 at the conclusion of an explosive libel trial against John Ruskin, who had harshly criticized his paintings in an exhibition. The trial bankrupted Whistler – who won, but only a farthing. His trip to Venice was financed by a commission from the Fine Arts society of London for a series of Venetian etchings. His pastels and etchings of Venice reflected a changing perspective about art and were instrumental in reviving his artistic reputation through their innovative techniques.