Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Adoration of the Infant Jesus, after Lorenzo Lotto

1802

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 128 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04357
Turner Bequest LXXII 63

Catalogue entry

Turner turned the sketchbook to landscape format to make this drawing. Possibly of circa 1535–9, Lotto’s (Lorenzo Lotto circa 1480–1556) picture was acquired by Louis XIV in 1662. The Holy Family appears with St Elizabeth and Zachariah. Ziff has suggested some influence of the pose of the Family on Turner’s own Holy Family (Tate N00473),1 but Butlin and Joll dispute this.
The superscribed initials must relate to a colour key.
1
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.38–9 no.49 (pl.60).
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
October 2009

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