Joseph Mallord William Turner

San Pietro in Montorio on the Janiculum Hill, Rome


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 78 a

Catalogue entry

The subject of this sketch is the outer walls of the church and convent of San Pietro in Montorio on the lower slopes of the Janiculum Hill in Rome.1 Turner’s view looks south with the hill falling away to the left, towards the River Tiber and distant mountains. A similar view from a greater distance away can be found in the St Peter’s sketchbook (see Tate D16161; Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 3). For further sketches from the Janiculum see folio 39 verso-40 (D15369–D15370).
In the top left-hand corner of the page Turner has drawn a study of an architectural feature incorporating ornamental scrolls.

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

Compare a detail from Giuseppe Vasi’s panorama of Rome published in 1765, see the endpapers of Raymond Keaveney, Views of Rome from the Thomas Ashby Collection in the Vatican Library, exhibition catalogue, Smithsonian Institution, Washington 1988; also, accessed April 2009.

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