Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of the Façade of St Peter’s, Rome, with the Arco delle Campane

1819

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 368 x 231 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16332
Turner Bequest CLXXXIX 6

Display caption

The soaring vertical thrust of Michelangelo's portico is emphasised in scale and grandeur by the tiny figures in the foreground. Turner's study is both detailed and dramatic. He has combined careful scrutiny of the work of a master architect with an inspired fantasy reminiscent of Piranesi's celebrated prints of Rome.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry