Joseph Mallord William Turner

Interior of the Florence Cathedral, Showing the Crossing

1819

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16565
Turner Bequest CXCI 46

Catalogue entry

As Cecilia Powell first correctly identified, the subject of this sketch is the interior of the Duomo of Florence (also known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore). Turner’s view is taken from one of the side aisles of the nave, looking towards the polygonal chancel at the eastern end of the building and the crossing, a vast open space of 90 metres which lies beneath the famous dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi (1377–1446). Powell has described the drawing as a ‘perfunctory affair’, indicative of the contemporary English dislike of the austere interior.1 However, it is no more summarily drawn than similar studies by the artist such as those of St Peter’s in Rome, see St Peter’s sketchbook (Tate D16309, D16311–D16315; Turner Bequest 83, 84–86).
1
Powell 1987, p.91.
Verso:
Blank

Nicola Moorby
December 2010

Read full Catalogue entry

You might like