Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of a View of Naples and Vesuvius, from Montesanto

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
D16007
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 48 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains part of a panoramic view of Naples seen from the top of the Scala Montesanto (Montesanto Steps) on the northern slopes below Castel Sant’Elmo, near present day Corso Vittorio Emanuele. This part of the vista looks east across the roofs and domes of the city towards Vesuvius and the adjacent peak of Monte Somma. The general topography of the area has been much altered since the early nineteenth century and the buildings in the foreground appear to have been demolished during urban restructuring projects such as the building of the Corso Vittorio Emanuele and the funicular routes. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 51 (D16008; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 49).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

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