Turner Bequest CLXXIX 15
Inscribed by the artist in pencil with various notes on the loggia decorations [see main catalogue entry]
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘15’ bottom right, descending right-hand edge
Stamped in black ‘CLXXIX 15’ bottom left, descending left-hand edge
The sketches in the top left-hand corner and top centre represents details of the stucco and grotesque decorations from the lateral side (northern or right-hand side as you face the interior wall) of the second external pier.5 On the left is the upper section of the pilaster which contains stucco medallions including, from top to bottom: a centaur with a trumpet; Jove; fighting Amazons seated on horses; and the figure of an artist working in the Loggia. Before the windows were enclosed with glass the fresco details suffered damage from exposure to the elements and are now much faded. The drawing continues at the top of the page on the right with the lower part of the pilaster.6 Turner has annotated the study with various colour notes including, from the top to the bottom of the pilaster: ‘G Bor’, ‘Bronze’, ‘G Balls’, ‘Lake’, ‘Purple’, ‘Orange’, ‘Landscape’, ‘Red Wall’, ‘Lilac’, ‘ov’, ‘Green’, ‘P | W’, ‘P’, ‘violet’, ‘purple’ and ‘Red B’.
The central sketch depicts a bird, inscribed ‘Green’, a detail from the base of the pilaster.
The final group of sketches is inverted at the bottom centre and right-hand side of the page. They represent details of the stucco and grotesque decorations of the facing (front) side of the second external pilaster.7 Turner has executed a record of the upper part along the full length of the page and then continued the drawing with the lower section beside it. The sketch is variously inscribed, from the top to the bottom of the pilaster: ‘3 the Pier’, ‘Green’, ‘Purple’, ‘G Bor’, ‘Dado solid’, ‘Dado’, ‘Purple’, ‘Red with | Blue | candelabra’, ‘D B’ and ‘Purple B’.
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘Details of the Decorations of Raphael’s Loggia in the Vatican: the Second External Pier 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www