Cecilia Powell identified the subject of this sketch as the Piazza Grande (also known as the Piazza Vasari), Arezzo.1 This medieval public square lies near the northern edge of the city and is surrounded by a number of important civic buildings. Turner’s study depicts the western side of the piazza, dominated by the Romanesque apse and tower of the Church of Santa Maria della Pieve. To the right are the Palazzo del Tribune and the Palazzo della Fraternita dei Laici (Palace of the Lay Fraternity), whilst on the far right-hand side is an oblique view of the arcades of the Palazzo delle Logge, built during the sixteenth century by Giorgio Vasari. The rough nature of the drawing and the confusing overlapping indistinctness of some of the buildings suggest that the artist may have been working very swiftly from a moving vehicle.
Powell 1984, p.429.
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