Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Arcade to 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
D14553
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 32 a

Catalogue entry

The viewpoint seems to be about half way up the long arcade leading from Bologna to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, apparently with the church’s cupola inconspicuous in the distance to the south-west. Indicative of the rural setting are the flourishing trees and the figures with a cow or ox beside the structure.
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 arcade and 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
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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