Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ponte alla Carraia, with Ponte Vecchio Beyond, from the Lungarno Soderini, Florence

1819

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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
D16607
Turner Bequest CXCI 73 a

Catalogue entry

This view of Florence looks up-river (east) from the Lungarno Soderini on the southern bank of the Arno.1 Visible in the middle distance are the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio and the covered arches of the historic Ponte Vecchio, whilst nearest to the foreground is the Ponte Carraia. As Turner has noted within his drawing, the latter bridge has five arches spanning the river. The crossing which lies in between Ponte Carraia and Ponte Vecchio, the Ponte Santa Trinita, is largely obscured in this view but appears in a sketch of a similar vista, see folio 40 verso (D16558).

Nicola Moorby
January 2011

1
First identified by Powell 1984, p.431.

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