Joseph Mallord William TurnerPalestrina - Composition 1828, exhibited 1830

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Title
Palestrina - Composition
Date 1828, exhibited 1830
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1403 x 2489 mm frame: 1836 x 2918 x 170 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by C.W. Dyson Perrins 1958
Reference
N06283

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This painting is thought to be a work which Turner planned to paint for his patron,
Lord Egremont, during his second visit
to Rome in 1828. Lord Egremont wanted
a companion picture to a landscape
by Claude Lorrain in his collection.

 

Described as a 'Composition' rather
than a 'View', it is an impression of Italy
in its contemporary decline. It is based on Palestrina, the city which in ancient Roman times had been known as Praeneste, and whose loveliness had been praised by the poets Virgil and Horace.

 

September 2004

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