Joseph Mallord William Turner

Small Holy Family, after Giulio Romano

1802

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 128 x 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04292
Turner Bequest LXXII 17

Catalogue entry

This Holy Family, from the collection of Louis XIV, was long ascribed to Raphael (for Turner and Raphael in the Louvre, see catalogue note to folio 13 of this sketchbook, D04287). Today it is attributed to Giulio Romano (circa 1499–1546). The Virgin appears with St Anne and the Christ child with the infant St John the Baptist. The picture is illustrated alongside Turner’s drawing by Warrell,1 who proposes that Turner may have had it in mind when he painted his own Holy Family (Tate N00473)2 on returning to London; however, as Warrell also acknowledges, the influence there is mainly Venetian.
Turner’s shorthand notes in his sketchbook seem to refer partly to the landscape background on the right of the picture, which he omitted from his copy.
1
Warrell in Solkin 2009, p.45 reproduced fig.13, pp.134–5.
2
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.38–9 no.49 (pl.60).
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
October 2009

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