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
D14560
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 36

Catalogue entry

The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘Lake (or river) among mountains. (Probably view of the Apennines from San Luca)’, crossing out ‘Probably’.1 The drawing, looking south to the Apennines from the vicinity of the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca south-west of Bologna, continues across folio 39 verso opposite (D14559; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 35a); that half appears to correspond to the lower register of a two-part drawing in that direction on folio 35 verso (D14551; CLXXVI 31a).
For the Sanctuary itself, under folio 42 recto (D14564; CLXXVI 38);2 and for Bologna in general and numerous views on adjacent pages, under folio 24 recto (D14532).

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.517.
2
See also Cecilia Powell, ‘Turner on Classic Ground: His Visits to Central and Southern Italy and Related Paintings and Drawings’, unpublished Ph.D thesis, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London 1984, pp.84–6.

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