Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Castel dell’Ovo, Naples, with Capri in the Distance

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 253 x 403 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16109
Turner Bequest CLXXXVII 21

Display caption

These two sheets come from one of the large sketchbooks that Turner used during his first tour of Italy in 1819. Occasionally he made studies from the same spot at different times of day, exploring the way light and shadow changed the appearance of his subject. In the upper watercolour he is as much interested in the distant rainclouds brooding over the Bay of Naples as in his immediate subject, the Castel dell'Ovo; all other topographical features are omitted.

Gallery label, August 2004

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