Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Rocca Malatestiana, Fano

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14605
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 60

Catalogue entry

Fano’s imposing medieval and Renaissance fortress, the Rocca Malatestiana, is shown from the north-west. Modern buildings largely obscure the view, and the tallest tower has gone, that corner of the fortress having been in ruins since fierce fighting in 1944, during the Second World War.1 There are other views on folios 63 verso opposite and 65 recto (D14604, D14606; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 59a, 61).
Another Fano subject is shown on folio 62 verso (D14602; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 58a); because of this fairly extensive treatment, James Hamilton has suggested that Turner spent a night there.2 For Cecilia Powell’s comments on the relatively uneventful phase of Turner’s journey between leaving Rimini and reaching Ancona (folios 61 recto–69 recto; D14599–D14613; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 57–65), see under D14599.3
1
See ‘Rocca Malatestiana’, Turismo: Provincia di Pesaro e Urbino, accessed 7 March 2017, http://www.turismo.pesarourbino.it/elenco/rocche/fano-rocca-malatestiana.html.
2
See Hamilton 2009, p.42; see also Hamilton 2008, p.44.
3
See Powell 1984, pp.92, 466 note 108.
Verso:
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Matthew Imms
March 2017

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