Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bressanone (Brixen), with the Cathedral and the Torre Bianca

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 89 × 149 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D32321
Turner Bequest CCCXX 31

Catalogue entry

The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally. The clearly labelled view is south to the twin Baroque towers of Bressanone’s (Brixen’s) cathedral, with the Gothic spire of the Torre Bianca (Weisser Turm) just to their north-west, and the Dolomites rising beyond. The town is roughly half way between Bolzano (Bozen) to the south-west, and Brunico (Bruneck), to the north-east; see respectively folios 29 verso and 34 verso–35 verso (D32318, D32328–D32330). The Franzensfeste fortress, seen on folios 24 verso–25 recto (D32308–D32309), is not far to its north.
A long sequence of sketches, mostly characterised as ‘Mountains’ by Finberg (with occasional identifications and transcriptions of the place names marked by the artist), lies between folios 7 recto and 76 recto (D32275–D32411).1 See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the likely overall route between Bregenz and Venice.2

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Finberg 1909, II, pp.1030–2.
2
See also Cecilia Powell, Turner in Germany, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1995, pp.65, 81 note 9.

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