Joseph Mallord William Turner

Castel Sant’Elmo, Naples, Seen from the North-East

1819

Not on display
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
D16009
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 49 a

Catalogue entry

The subject of this sketch is the distinctive star-shaped fortress of Castel Sant’Elmo which stands at the top of a hill above the Certosa di San Martino, part of which is just visible on the left. Turner’s viewpoint appears to be the Montesanto district to the north-east, perhaps from present-day Via Tarsia near the funicular station. The gate visible within the slopes below the castle may be the Porta Medina, demolished in 1873.

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

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