Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lecture Diagram 10: Proportion and Design of Part of Raphael’s ‘Transfiguration’

c.1810

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Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17134
Turner Bequest CXCV 163

Display caption

Turner began Lecture 1 with a discussion of how basic geometry informed Old Master paintings. Here he shows how the composition of Raphael's Transfiguration is made up of intersecting triangles.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry