Joseph Mallord William Turner

Vietri sul Mare Seen from Molina; and the Ponte del Diavolo, Molina

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
D15992
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 41

Catalogue entry

The nineteenth-century road between Naples and Salerno entered the Lattari mountains at Nocera and emerged on the Amalfi coast at Vietri sul Mare. Turner’s viewpoint for the main sketch on this page appears to be this road going south as it skirts the lower eastern flank of the Valle Bonea at Molina (present day Via Roma / Enrico de Marinis). In the middle distance on the left is the dome and bell-tower of the seventeenth-century Church of San Giovanni Battista in Vietri sul Mare, with the sea and the Tyrrhenian coastline beyond. For related vistas see folio 43 verso (D15993; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 41a) and the Pompeii, Amalfi, Sorrento, Herculaneum sketchbook (Tate D15752 and D15798–D15799; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 8a and 32a–33).1
The smaller study in the top right-hand corner depicts the view looking down the valley in the opposite direction towards the Ponte del Diavolo, an aqueduct at Molina which was destroyed in a flood in 1954, see folio 42 verso (D15991; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 40a).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

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