Joseph Mallord William Turner
Italian Landscape with Bridge and Tower c.1827–8

Artwork details

Italian Landscape with Bridge and Tower
Date c.1827–8
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 603 x 981 mm
frame: 770 x 1155 x 70 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not on display

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Some years after his first extensive tour of the country, Turner made a number of unfinished oil studies of landscapes inspired by Italian subjects (see also Tivoli, the Cascatelle, hanging nearby). The works were freely painted on a continuous roll of canvas, tacked onto a small stretcher.

The location represented in this painting is unidentified but the hazy blue background, the aqueduct or bridge in the centre, and the tree dominating the right hand foreground, are all elements inspired by classical Italianate compositions. Turner had inherited this tradition from artists such as Claude Lorrain (about 1600-82) and Richard Wilson (1713-82).

February 2010

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