Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Crossing and Dome of the Duomo, Parma

1820

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 98 x 128 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16659
Turner Bequest CXCII 10

Catalogue entry

This sketch is one of a series of interior views of the Duomo (cathedral) of Parma, see folios 9 verso–10 verso (D16658–D16660). The subject is the crossing of the Duomo with part of the famous dome decorated with frescoes by Antonio Correggio (1489–1534). Turner’s viewpoint appears to be the south transept looking through the crossing towards the nave. Visible near the top centre of the composition is one of the four spandrels situated beneath the dome, respectively adorned with paintings of the four patron saints of Parma. The figure represented in this view may be that of John the Baptist. Above the spandrel are three of the eight circular windows punctuating the drum and figures from the lower part of Correggio’s fresco, The Assumption of the Virgin 1526–30.
Turner also made studies of the exterior of the Duomo, see folio 5 verso (D16650).

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

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