J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Casa degli Omenoni, Milan 1820

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 14 Verso:
Casa degli Omenoni, Milan 1820
Turner Bequest CXCII 14 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 98 x 128 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject of this sketch is the Casa or Palazzo degli Omenoni, a sixteenth-century palace in Milan. The building stands in present-day Via degli Omenoni, at the back of the Church of San Fedele, and is so called after the eight large male caryatids by sculptor Antonio Abondio (1538–1591) which adorn the façade (omenoni means ‘great men’ in Italian). Turner’s drawing represents a partial study of the ground and first floor of the palace including the main entrance with its flanking statues.
For further sketches of Milan see the introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Casa degli Omenoni, Milan 1820 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-casa-degli-omenoni-milan-r1142567, accessed 27 May 2024.