Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, with Bologna in the Distance; the Arcade on the Hillside

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
D14563
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 37 a

Catalogue entry

The main view continues across folio 42 recto opposite (D14564; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 38). The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘Madonna di San Luca’), noting that the church is ‘to right [on the other page, with] distant Bologna to l | from the height to the West of the Monte della Guardia’1 (the hill on which the church stands). The north-eastwards prospect is now obscured by trees along the Via di San Luca. There is a separate drawing framed by pencil lines at the top left, which is effectively a variation on the inner half of the main view, emphasising the gradient of the arcade receding rapidly towards the city.
For the Sanctuary itself, under D14564;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 Powell 1984, pp.84–6.

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