Joseph Mallord William Turner

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


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 111 × 184 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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

Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.518.
See also Powell 1984, pp.84–6.

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