Joseph Mallord William Turner

Interior of the Duomo, Milan

1820

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 128 x 98 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16696
Turner Bequest CXCII 28 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch depicts a view of the interior of the Duomo (cathedral) of Milan. Turner has adopted an unusual viewpoint looking down the nave which reflects his interest in complex perspective. The visual spectacle of receding tall Gothic arches is similar to that within two watercolour studies in the Naples: Rome C. Studies sketchbook (Tate D16140 and D16141; Turner Bequest CLXXVII 52 and 53). For further interior views of the Duomo see folio 28 verso (D16694), while for other drawings featuring Milanese subjects see the introduction to the sketchbook.
Finberg noted that three leaves were torn out after this point in the sketchbook.1

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.572.

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