Joseph Mallord William TurnerThe Entombment of the Dead Christ, after Titian 1802

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Artist
Title
The Entombment of the Dead Christ, after Titian
From Studies in the Louvre Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXXII
Date 1802
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 114 x 128 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04315
Turner Bequest LXXII 32
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 32 Recto:
The Entombment of the Dead Christ, after Titian 1802
D04315
Turner Bequest LXXII 32
Pencil, watercolour and gouache, with some scratching out, on white wove paper prepared with a pale reddish brown wash, 114 x 128 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘32’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘LXXII–32’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner turned the sketchbook to landscape format to make this copy. Titian’s picture had belonged to the Gonzaga in Mantua and then to Charles I in London. It was acquired by Louis XIV in 1662 and regarded as one of the greatest treasures of the Louvre. Turner began a long analysis of it on folio 31 verso of the sketchbook (D04314), for which see catalogue entry for a full transcription. Further remarks on Titian’s picture are on folio 71 verso of the Small Calais Pier sketchbook (Tate D04262; Turner Bequest LXXI 62a).
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David Blayney Brown
July 2005

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