Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of Ariccia and the Church of Santa Maria di Galloro


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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 CLXXXII 87

Catalogue entry

The subject along the left-hand edge nearest the spine of the sketchbook is the sanctuary of Santa Maria di Galloro, a church by Bernini which stands just outside of Ariccia on the Via Appia Nuova towards Genzano. See also folios 87 and 88 (D15461 and D15463; Turner Bequest CLXXXII 86 and CLXXXII 87). The inverted sketch in the centre meanwhile is also a rough study of the Baroque façade of the church.
Along the bottom of the page is a sketch which depicts a distant view of Ariccia, labelled by Turner and recognisable from the dome of the Church of Santa Maria dell’Assunzione. In the foreground amidst the wood there is an arch on the left and two studies of a structure which appears to be a man-made tunnel on the right. For a general discussion of Ariccia see folio 83 verso (D15455; Turner Bequest CLXXXII 82a).
The subject along the right-hand foredge has not been positively identified although it may be a distant view of the collegiate Church of Santissima Trinità at Genzano. Underneath the landscape view is a diagrammatic sketch of a hexagonal and rectangular sketch but it is not clear what these are meant to represent.

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

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