Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of the Duomo, the Baptistery and San Giovanni Evangelista, Parma

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
D16657
Turner Bequest CXCII 9

Catalogue entry

This page contains sketches of architectural elements seen from Piazza Duomo, the square in front of the Duomo (cathedral) in the city of Parma.1 Bottom left is a study of part of the octagonal façade of the medieval Baptistery (Battistero). The drawing is not precise as Turner has drawn the two orders of loggia from the top of the building and the arched portals from the bottom, but not the middle section which is represented by a triangular symbol pointing upwards. To the right of the Baptistery are studies of the thirteenth-century campanile of the Duomo and the seventeenth-century campanile of the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista (St John the Evangelist), the latter of which stands just behind the eastern end of the Duomo. Finally, the details at top centre represent part of a larger study of the western façade of the Duomo which has spilled over from the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 8 verso (D16656).
For a general study of all the buildings on Piazza Duomo see folio 5 verso (D16650).

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

1
Partially identified in Powell 1984, p.432.

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