Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Interior of Milan Cathedral, Looking East along the Nave; the Head and Shoulders of a Woman

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14488
Turner Bequest CLXXV 90 a

Catalogue entry

Made with the page turned vertically, the main view is along the nave of Milan Cathedral, with the disk of the rose window at the apsidal end in the distance. The vertical strokes above the arch at the centre indicate the niches of carved figures below the crossing under the lantern. For other views in the cathedral and elsewhere in the city at the beginning of this sketchbook, see under folio 2 recto (D14328).
At the top right, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, is a study the head and shoulders of a woman from the back; for other figure studies in this book, see under folio 18 verso (D14351).

Matthew Imms
March 2017

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