Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of Part of the Façade of Palazzo Madama, Turin

1819

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14209
Turner Bequest CLXXIV 32 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch represents a partial study of the Baroque façade of Palazzo Madama in Turin, a castle dating from the 1400s which was originally converted from a fortified Roman gate and later given an elaborate eighteenth-century front with Corinthian pilasters surmounted by a balustrade.1 The artist has left certain areas blank, such as the Corinthian columns marking the main entrance. For a more complete record of the building see folio 33 (D14208; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 32).
The page also contains part of the line of buildings continued from the composition on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 34 (D14210; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 33).

Nicola Moorby
January 2013

1
Today the building houses the collections of the Museo Civico d’Arte Antica.

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