Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Porta San Giovanni, Rome

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15366
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 38

Catalogue entry

This sketch depicts the Porta San Giovanni, a gate in the southern stretch of the Aurelian Walls, near the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano. Characterised by rusticated white marble the gate was designed in the sixteenth century. To the left can be seen one of the two half oval towers of the older Roman gate, the Porta Asinaria, see also folios 36 and 73 verso (D15362 and D15436: Turner Bequest 72a).

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

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