Joseph Mallord William Turner

Berlin: The Brandenburg Gate from the Pariser Platz

1835

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 89 x 162 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31064
Turner Bequest CCCVII 23

Catalogue entry

This is a sketch of the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, taken from the Pariser Platz. Completed in 1791, this neoclassical triumphal arch was designed by the architect Carl Gotthard Langhans for King Frederick William II. It is modelled on the Propylaea, the gateway to the Acropolis in Athens. Turner has made note of the ‘Metopes’ (metopes) and ‘Triks’ (triglyphs) which form part of the frieze decoration. A separate jotting of a figure, perhaps a sculpture, is rendered at top left.
For other sketches of Berlin see Tate D21045–D31082; Turner Bequest CCCVII 13a–32.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2015

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