Joseph Mallord William Turner

La Gaiola and Ruins at Marechiaro known as the Scuola di Virgilio

1819

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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
D16059
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 76

Catalogue entry

This sketch appears to depict a view of La Gaiola, a small group of islets off the southernmost point of the coast of Posillipo, near the village of Marechiaro.1 In the right-hand foreground is a small inlet containing some ancient Roman ruins known as the Scuola di Virgilio (School of Virgil), also sometimes known as the ‘Caso del Mago (House of the Sorcerer). The classical poet, Virgil, was believed to possess magical powers and there are a number of sites associated with him in Naples and the surrounding area.

Nicola Moorby
September 2010

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