Joseph Mallord William Turner The Ponte Delle Torri, Spoleto c.1840–5

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Title
The Ponte Delle Torri, Spoleto
Date c.1840–5
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 914 x 1219 mm
frame: 1240 x 1540 x 125 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N02424
Not on display

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Spoleto is a picturesque town in Umbria, famous for its Ponte delle Torri (Bridge of Towers), a medieval feat of engineering which spans the deep gorge to the east. Turner passed through the town on his way to Rome in 1819. As in so many of his Italian-inspired oils, he has enhanced real topography with an evocative but imagined sense of atmosphere. The composition is reworked from an earlier image known as ‘Bridge and Goats’. That etching was published in 1812 as part of the Liber Studiorum, a series of prints summing up Turner’s achievements in landscape to date.

February 2010

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