Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Apennine Mountains from the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, Bologna

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 × 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14551
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 31 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the view appears to be from outside the west front of the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, with a slight indication of one of its pavilions at the left of the upper register (compare folio 34 verso; D14549; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 30a), looking south to the Apennine mountains. The second band of distant peaks may be a continuation to the right; compare the view on folio 39 verso (D14559; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 35a)..
For Cecilia Powell’s general comments on Turner’s views of Bologna from a distance and around the Sanctuary (folios 32 verso–39 recto; D14545–D14558; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 28a–35), see under D14545;1 for the building, under folio 42 recto (D14564; CLXXVI 38);2and for Bologna in general and numerous views on adjacent pages, under folio 24 recto (D14532).

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
See Powell 1984, pp.92, 466 note 110, and Powell 1987, pp.25, 202 note 46.
2
See also Powell 1984, pp.84–6.

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