Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The City Walls Bologna of Bologna; the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca on its Hill to the South-West

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
D14534
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 26

Catalogue entry

The viewpoint is perhaps the western side of the roughly hexagonal former perimeter of Bologna’s city walls (since lost), looking south from the walls themselves; the hills and buildings in the distance on the right are apparently the same as those on folio 25 recto (D14533); as Cecilia Powell recognised, the hilltop Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca is shown at the bottom right1 in what may be a direct continuation from the main drawing.
For the Sanctuary, see under folio 42 recto (D14564; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 38);2 and for general remarks on Bologna and Turner’s numerous views on adjacent pages, see under folio 24 recto (D14532).

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
See Powell 1984, p.406.
2
See ibid., pp.84–6.

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