Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Plains of Lombardy from 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
D14561
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 36 a

Catalogue entry

The drawing continues across folio 41 recto opposite (D14562; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 37), where Turner noted the subject. The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘“Plains of Lombardy” in distance’): ‘View from the Madonna di San Luca’.1 The viewpoint appears to be west of the hill-top Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, looking north-west; the prospect is now obscured by trees along the Via di San Luca.
For 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
Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.518.
2
See also Cecilia Powell, ‘Turner on Classic Ground: His Visits to Central and Southern Italy and Related Paintings and Drawings’, unpublished Ph.D thesis, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London 1984, pp.84–6.

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