Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Rocca and the Cathedral, Spoleto, from near the Ponte delle Torri

1819

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 110 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14733
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 41 a

Catalogue entry

The picturesque Umbrian town of Spoleto lies thirteen miles from Foligno, approximately half-way on the nineteenth-century route between Ancona and Rome. This sketch represents a very swift study of the Rocca Albornoziana and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta from the valley to the north-east of the Ponte delle Torri. The tall arches of the medieval aqueduct can just be seen on the left-hand side. The view looks along the course of the River Tessino towards the ruined Roman bridge, the Ponte Sanguinario. A similar view can be found on folio 42 verso (D14735).

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

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