Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Jerome, after Correggio, and Colour Trials

1802

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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
D04358
Turner Bequest LXXII 64

Catalogue entry

Correggio’s (Antonio Allegri, called Correggio circa 1495–1534) picture of the Virgin and Child with St Jerome, Mary Magdalen and the infant St John the Baptist (‘Il Giorno’) was commissioned for a family chapel in Sant’Antonio, Parma in 1523. One of the most famous Grand Tour sights of the eighteenth century it was an obvious candidate for French plunder in 1796 and a great trophy. It was returned in 1815 (Parma, Galleria Nazionale). For Turner’s notes on it see folios 34, 33 verso of this sketchbook (D04318, D04317), and also folios 71 verso, 72 verso of his Small Calais Pier sketchbook (Tate D04262, D04264, Turner Bequest LXXI 62a, 63a). There are colour trials of red and blue wash for the study at lower right of the image.
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
July 2005

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