Joseph Mallord William Turner

Five Views at Ariccia: Including the Church of Santa Maria dell’Assunzione, the Palazzo Chigi and the Porta Napoletana

1819

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 189 x 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15460
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 85 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains several sketches associated with Ariccia. The study at the bottom of the page shows the façade of Santa Maria dell’Assunzione, the round Baroque church designed by Bernini, characterised by the shallow dome and the twin bell-towers placed to the back of the apse. Turner has transcribed the lettering which appears above the portico entrance. The second and fourth sketches from the bottom both depict the eastern façade of the Palazzo Chigi, the large residence built for Pope Alexander VII and the Chigi family by Bernini at the end of the seventeenth century. The arched gateway to the left is the Porta Napoletana, the northern entrance of the town which leads through to the main square, the Piazza di Corte.
The third sketch from the bottom also depicts the Palazzo Chigi but in this instance the viewpoint is from the road leading out to Ariccia towards Genzano so that the visible section of the palace is the northern façade. In the bottom left corner is a small study of the Porta Napoletana. The exact location of the sketch at the top has not yet been identified, although it also appears to show the Palazzo Chigi.
For a general discussion of Ariccia see folio 83 verso (D15455; Turner Bequest CLXXXII 82a).

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

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