Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Paintings in the Dresden Picture Gallery: (1) Correggio, ‘Madonna with St Sebastian’; (2) Watteau, ‘Conversation in a Park’

1835

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 162 x 89 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31031
Turner Bequest CCCVII 6 a

Display caption

Turner used this sketchbook for about ten days to record Copenhagen, Germany's Baltic coast, Stettin on the river Oder, Berlin and finally Dresden, which he reached on 19 September. In the nineteenth century the Dresden Gallery was regarded as the most outstanding collection of Old Master paintings north of the Alps. Three of Turner's tiny copies on these pages record the composition, colour and light effects of altarpieces by Correggio, each showing the Madonna and Child with saints; the fourth shows a scene by Watteau. The paintings recorded on other pages include two landscapes by the artist Turner most revered, Claude Lorrain, and the jewel of the gallery, Raphael's 'Sistine Madonna'.

Gallery label, September 2004