Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Arcade to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, with Bologna in the Distance


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Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 111 × 184 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 34

Catalogue entry

The view is from about half-way up the arcade leading to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, looking north-east to Bologna, with the Torre Asinelli dominating the city’s skyline. The airiness of the elevated view and the abrupt shift in scale between the foreground and the horizon is emphasised by the tall trees on the brow of the hill, their foliage rhyming visually with a skyful of scudding clouds. Compare the view from within the arcade on folio 39 recto (D14558; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 35).
For 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

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

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