Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of Atrani from the Road to Amalfi


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 × 189 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 35

Catalogue entry

The small town of Atrani lies within an inlet below the steep mountainous cliffs of the Amalfi coast immediately east of Amalfi itself. This sketch depicts a view of Atrani from the west, on the coastal road to Amalfi. The distinctive bell-tower rising above the spiral coastal substructures to the right of the composition is the thirteenth-century Church of Santa Maria Maddalena.1 Visible in the distance to the east is the town of Maiori which Turner has attempted to spell in a written annotation.
Further views of Atrani can be seen on folios 52 verso–54 and 55 verso–57 (D15834–D15837 and D15840–D15843). Compare also an earlier watercolour by John ‘Warwick’ Smith (1749–1834), Otrano, Bay of Salerno 1778–9 (Tate, T08507).

Nicola Moorby
October 2010

The church now possesses two domes added during the early twentieth century.

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