Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Columns of San Lorenzo on the Corso di Porta Ticinese, Milan, with the Basilica Beyond

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 × 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14342
Turner Bequest CLXXV 10

Catalogue entry

The Turner scholar C.F. Bell elaborated on Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘Roman Colonnade, San Lorenzo’): ‘Corso di Porta Ticinese, Milan’.1 The Roman colonnade known as the Colonne di San Lorenzo stands on the east side of the street, with the Basilica of San Lorenzo just beyond; Turner faced south-east to take in both structures.
The low buildings in the foreground, the higher ones beyond and what appears to be a shrine have since been demolished,2 leaving an approximately square section of plain brick wall articulated by the large pointed arch at the centre here and the smaller, high opening with a rounded arch to its left, the headers of which Turner also indicates. In the distance down the street is the archway of the medieval Porta Ticinese.
There is a drawing made from within the colonnade on folio 11 recto (D14343). See under folio 2 recto (D14328) for other Milan views.
1
Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.512.
2
See Crimi 2007, p.39 note 56.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
March 2017

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