Joseph Mallord William TurnerPalazzo Uguccioni in Piazza della Signoria, Florence 1819

Share this artwork

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Palazzo Uguccioni in Piazza della Signoria, Florence
From Rome and Florence Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXCI
Date 1819
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16553
Turner Bequest CXCI 36 a
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 36 Verso:
Palazzo Uguccioni in Piazza della Signoria, Florence 1819
D16553
Turner Bequest CXCI 36 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As Cecilia Powell first identified, the subject of the main sketch on this page is the façade of the Palazzo Uguccioni, a sixteenth-century palace in Piazza della Signoria, Florence.1 Based upon the principles of the Roman High Renaissance, the building is highly unusual for Florentine architecture. Turner may have been interested in its stylistic similarity to the work of Bramante, and particularly Raphael.2 Despite the schematic nature of the drawing, the artist has clearly recorded the key details of the three levels of the building’s elevation.
Also on the page is a rough study of part of another building on the Piazza della Signoria with crenellations, possibly the Palazzo Vecchio.

Nicola Moorby
December 2010

1
Powell 1984, p.430.
2
Ibid., p.201.

About this artwork