Joseph Mallord William Turner
The Arch of Constantine, Rome c.1835

Artwork details

The Arch of Constantine, Rome
Date c.1835
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 914 x 1219 mm
frame: 1205 x 1503 x 120 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not on display

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The Arch of Constantine is one of the principal features of the Roman Forum. Evidently a pair to 'Tivoli: Tobias and the Angel', also on this wall, this study seems to have been abandoned just short of completion. There are various figures whose function cannot be discerned. The compositional symmetry derives from Claude, but Turner has heightened the effect with the vivid yellows he favoured in the 1830s.

September 1994

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