Joseph Mallord William Turner

Copy of Tintoretto’s ‘Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes’ in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice

1819

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Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 62 x 88 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13909
Turner Bequest CLXXI 27

Catalogue entry

During his 1819 stay in Venice, Turner made a particular study of the famous cycle of paintings by Tintoretto (1518–94) in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Ian Warrell has identified the schematic study on this partial sketchbook page as the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes circa 1578–81, from the upper floor.1 Further sketches relating to the Scuola Grande and Chiesa di San Rocco can be seen on folios 23 verso, 24 verso, 25 verso–26 verso and 29 verso–30 verso (D13902, D13904, D13906–D13908 and D13914–D13916).

Nicola Moorby
March 2010

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