Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of the Bacchus of Sansovino

?1791

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Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 411 x 299 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00065
Turner Bequest V M

Catalogue entry

The sculpture of Bacchus by Jacopo Sansovino (1486–1570) is one of the most celebrated works of the High Renaissance; it was executed about 1514, and is preserved in the Bargello, Florence. Another study of the Bacchus in this series is Tate D00066 (Turner Bequest V N).
Technical notes:
The white wove paper, a type frequently used by Turner, was made by James Whatman at his Turkey Mill, Maidstone, Kent. Tate D00068 (Turner Bequest V P) from this series of studies came from the same source.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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