Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cesena from the Abbey of the Madonna del Monte

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14585
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 49 a

Catalogue entry

Cecilia Powell has confirmed Finberg’s tentative identification of this drawing,1 inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, as a view of Cesena from the elevated vicinity of the abbey of the Madonna del Monte,2 looking west-north-west towards the Rocca Malatestiana fortress beyond the tower of the church of Sant’Agostino. There is a similar view on folio 54 recto opposite (D14586; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 50); for others of the city on adjacent pages, see under folio 46 verso (D14573; CLXXVI 42a).
Powell has commented on the relatively uneventful phase of Turner’s journey between leaving Bologna and reaching Rimini (folios 43 recto–60 verso; D14566–D14598; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 39a–56a);3 for his overall route south-east between Bologna and Ancona, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
See Finberg 1909, I, p.518.
2
See Powell 1984, p.407.
3
Ibid., pp.89–90, 465 note 98.

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