Joseph Mallord William Turner

The West End of Milan Cathedral and Piazza del Duomo from the Arcades

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 × 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14337
Turner Bequest CLXXV 7

Catalogue entry

The Turner scholar C.F. Bell correctly annotated Finberg’s 1909 non-committal Inventory entry (‘Various buildings’): ‘Piazza del Duomo, Milan’.1 The view is to the south-east across the square in front of Milan Cathedral, which itself appears much the same today; part of the tallest, central doorway of the five on its west front is shown on the left, partly obscured by one of the arches in the foreground. The arcades have been replaced, and are dominated by the triumphal arch-style entrance to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which now stands a little west of Turner’s viewpoint.
See under folio 2 recto (D14328), a more direct prospect of the cathedral, for other Milan views.
1
Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.512.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
March 2017

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