Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Isola Tiberina, Rome, Looking towards the Aventine Mount

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16212
Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 31

Catalogue entry

Turner made a large number of drawings with the River Tiber as the central focus. This view incorporates the Isola Tiberina (Tiber Island) looking downstream towards the Aventine Mount including the two bridges which link the island to either shore. On the right is the Ponte Cestio which crosses towards the Trastevere district on the west and on the left is the Ponte Fabricius, the oldest surviving bridge in Rome (also known as the Ponte Quattro Capi), which crosses towards the Jewish ghetto on the east. The river has been left as a blank space in the foreground but Turner’s viewpoint suggests that he was standing on the Ponte Sisto, another bridge further upstream.
For other sketches of the Isola Tiberina see the Albano, Nemi, Rome sketchbook (Tate D15372; Turner Bequest CLXXXII 41) and the Rome and Florence sketchbook (Tate D16488; CXCI 2).
Verso:
Blank

Nicola Moorby
September 2008

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