Joseph Mallord William Turner

The West End, Roof and Lantern Spire of Milan Cathedral; Details of Façades

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
D14329
Turner Bequest CLXXV 3

Catalogue entry

The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘Commencement of a sketch’): ‘of West front Duomo, Milan’.1 The slight main drawing appears to be from a similar position near the arcade on the north side of the square west of the cathedral to that adopted for the drawing on folios 1 verso–2 recto (D14327–D14328), while the thumbnail elevation of adjoining façades may show buildings on the south side.
At the top left is an extension completing the profile of the tall lantern spire, with the ‘Madonnina’ statue of the Virgin Mary (see also folio 15 recto; D14347). See under D14328 for other Milan views.

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.512.

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