Joseph Mallord William Turner

Florence from the South, with the City Walls


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Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 × 189 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXCI 51

Catalogue entry

Finberg suggested that this view of Florence was taken from the Boboli Gardens, but in fact Turner’s viewpoint must have been further east, from the hill to the south of the Arno, between Forte Belvedere and San Miniato al Monte (near present-day Via dell’Erta Canina). Visible from left to right in the centre are the silhouettes of the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio, the dome of San Lorenzo, and the campanile and dome of the Duomo, whilst following the slope of the hill across the foreground is the line of the old city walls leading from Porta San Niccolò to Forte Belvedere. Related views can be seen on folio 51 verso–52 (D16572–D16573).

Nicola Moorby
December 2010

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