Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lecture Diagram 33: Perspective Method for a Cube (after Jacopo Vignola)

c.1810

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 672 x 1004 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17047
Turner Bequest CXCV 77

Display caption

Here Turner illustrates a method from Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola's Le Due Regole cella Prospettiva Practica 1583, long seen as the definitive statement on Renaissance perspective. Vignola began his career as a painter, but later became the leading architect in Rome after Michelangelo. His buildings included the Villa Farnese at Caprarola and the church of Il Gesù in Rome, which he designed in a restrained classical style.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

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