Joseph Mallord William Turner

View from the Camaldoli Hill, Looking West Towards Gaeta


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Graphite on paper
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 71 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch is one of a series of panoramic views drawn from the hill of Camaldoli, the highest point in Naples and the surrounding area. The study depicts the vista looking west towards the Tyrrhenian coastline and the distant headland of Gaeta. A similar view can be seen on folio 74 (D15873; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 72). Turner has included a group of figures in the foreground of the scene, including one labelled ‘monk’ who is probably a member of the Camadolese order from the sixteenth-century monastery found at the summit of the hill.
For further views from Camaldoli see folio 73 (D15871; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 71).

Nicola Moorby
October 2010

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