Joseph Mallord William Turner

Erminia and Valfrino Tending the Wounded Tancred After the Battle with Argante, after Pier Francesco Mola

1802

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 128 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04378
Turner Bequest LXXII 79

Catalogue entry

Turner turned the sketchbook to landscape format to make this drawing. Mola’s picture illustrates Torquato Tasso’s Gerusalemme Liberata (1581). It was bought by Louis XIV in 1685. Turner saw it and copied it together with another illustration of the story by Mola, which was not painted as a companion since it is of a different size and was acquired by the King some years later. They were however presumably hung together. The present subject was returned to the Louvre in 1986, having gone missing after the last war and entered the collection of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. Turner also copied Mola’s St John the Baptist Preaching in this sketchbook, folio18 (D04294), and his Vision of St Bruno in his France, Savoy, Piedmont sketchbook (Tate D04394; Turner Bequest LXXIII 2).
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
July 2005

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