Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of a View of the Castel dell’Ovo and the Crocelle, Naples, from Pizzofalcone


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 122 x 197 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 60 a

Catalogue entry

Turner’s viewpoint for this sketch of the Castel dell’Ovo is the Rampe Pizzofalcone, a small street which ascends the Pizzofalcone Hill (or Monte Echia) in tight zig-zags from Via Chiatamone to just beneath the military barracks of the Gran Quartiere di Pizzofalcone (present-day Caserma Nino Bixio). The vista on this page looks south towards the sea and the Castel dell’Ovo on its small headland, and the composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread with a westerly prospect towards the Capo di Posillipo and the dome of the Crocelle church, see folio 63 (D15680; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 61). The island of Capri and the Sorrentine peninsula are visible on the distant horizon. Today the view is obscured by the large modern hotels built along the waterfront Via Partenope during the twentieth century.

Nicola Moorby
June 2010

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