Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of a View of Lake Albano and Castel Gandolfo from the Galleria di Sopra

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 122 x 197 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15563
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 5

Catalogue entry

Turner’s journey from Rome to Naples took him into the Alban Hills south of the capital, past the volcanic crater lakes of Albano and Nemi. This sketch is part of a panoramic view taken from the Galleria di Sopra (Upper Gallery), a tree-lined avenue above the shores of Lake Albano. The vista looks north-west towards the Papal Palace at Castel Gandolfo, which can be seen on the far left-hand side of the page. Visible on the distant horizon beyond is Rome itself, with the dome of St Peter’s. In the foreground of the right-hand corner are a couple of small figures including a contadina or Italian peasant woman carrying a bundle on her head. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 5 (D15563). For further sketches and a discussion of Turner’s views of Lake Albano see folio 3 (D15559).

Nicola Moorby
April 2010

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