Joseph Mallord William Turner

Florence and the Valley of the Arno, from Fiesole

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: 189 × 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16543
Turner Bequest CXCI 31

Catalogue entry

As Turner’s written inscription indicates, the small landscape sketch at the top of this page represents a distant view of ‘Florence f[rom] F[iesole]’. The vista looks south-west from the wooded slopes of the town and follows the winding course of the River Mugnone towards the city itself, dominated by the dome of the Duomo (Cathedral). The artist has also noted the colours of the mountains along the far horizon. The second study depicts an alternate prospect looking south-east towards the valley of the Arno. For a fuller description and further studies from Fiesole see folio 30 verso (D16542).
Verso:
Blank

Nicola Moorby
November 2010

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