Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Views of the Sacra di San Michele and One of Sant’Ambrogio di Torino


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 98 x 128 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXCII 4 a

Catalogue entry

On his return journey through Italy Turner retraced his steps from Turin through the Val di Susa (Susa Valley) towards the Mont Cenis pass. This page contains three sketches of views seen from the road travelling west, approximately eleven miles outside Turin. On the left-hand side of the sheet are two studies of the Sacra di San Michele, a tenth-century abbey which stands on Mount Pirchiriano, near the towns of Sant’Ambrogio di Torino and Avigliana. The abbey is a distinctive landmark in this part of the valley and the artist had already made a number of related drawings dating from the outward leg of his tour in the Turin, Como, Lugarno, Maggiore sketchbook (see for example Tate, D14160; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 8). Meanwhile, as Turner’s inscription indicates, the sketch in the top right-hand corner depicts the nearby town of Sant’Ambrogio di Torino.

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

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