Joseph Mallord William Turner

Palazzo Marino, Milan

1820

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 98 x 128 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16730
Turner Bequest CXCII 45 a

Catalogue entry

The subject of this sketch is Palazzo Marino, a sixteenth-century palace in Milan. Turner’s drawing represents a partial representation of the northern façade of the building (the side facing present-day Largo Mattiolo, near Piazza della Scala). On the right hand-side of the sheet are separate studies depicting the three successive windows from the higher left and/or right ends of the palace. Despite the schematic style of his swift ‘shorthand’ draughtsmanship, the artist has carefully recorded the differing architectural decoration of each storey and has even noted to himself the ‘Ionic’ capitals topping the pillars of the bottom level.
For further sketches of Milan see the introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

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