Joseph Mallord William Turner Rome, from the Vatican. Raffaelle, Accompanied by La Fornarina, Preparing his Pictures for the Decoration of the Loggia exhibited 1820

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Artist
Title
Rome, from the Vatican. Raffaelle, Accompanied by La Fornarina, Preparing his Pictures for the Decoration of the Loggia
Date Exhibited 1820
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1772 x 3353 mm
frame: 2275 x 3843 x 167 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N00503
On display at Tate Britain

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Turner was forty-two years old, and at the height of his powers, when he first visited Rome.  The city was filled with associations with the subjects from classical mythology which Turner dramatised in his work.

On his return home, Turner painted this sweeping view from the Vatican loggia, across St Peter’s Square towards the Abruzzi hills. It embraces all that Rome meant to him as the historic centre, first of the Roman Empire, then of its successor, the Christian Church, and then of the great artists of the Renaissance - crowned by Raphael, who stands in the foreground.

August 2004

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