Joseph Mallord William Turner

Molina with the Ponte del Diavolo and the ?Church of the Madonna delle Neve

1819

Not on display
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
D15797
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 32

Catalogue entry

The sketch depicts a view of Molina, a town which lies in a valley (Valle Bonea) on the inland road between Naples and Salerno. Visible in the background is the Ponte del Diavolo aqueduct, whilst the building dominating the foreground is the Church of the Madonna delle Neve (or Santa Maria delle Neve). Both church and bridge were destroyed by flood-waters in 1954.1 For further sketches of Molina see folios 8 verso–9 and 32 verso–33 (D15752–D15753 and D15798–D15799), and also the Naples, Paestum, Rome sketchbook (Tate D15988, D15991 and D15994; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 39, 40a, 42).

Nicola Moorby
October 2010

1
The church can be seen in two late nineteenth/early twentieth century photographs from the Alinari Archives, nos. BGA-F-010314–0000 and CGA-F-005113–0000, reproduced on-line at <www.alinariarchives.it>, accessed October 2010.

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