Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Paintings in the Dresden Picture Gallery: Correggio, ‘Madonna with St Sebastian’; Watteau, ‘Conversation in the Open Air’


Not on display
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 162 x 89 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCVII 6 a

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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

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