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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Façade of the Duomo, Parma 1820

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Verso:
Façade of the Duomo, Parma 1820
Turner Bequest CXCII 8 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 98 x 128 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As the art historian and Turner scholar Cecilia Powell first identified, the subject of this sketch is the western front of the Duomo (cathedral) in Parma.1 The Romanesque basilica dates from the twelfth century but the wide façade, characterised by a pointed gable roof, three levels of arcaded loggia and a central entrance of three arched portals, was not completed in its present form until the sixteenth century. A small part of the study spills over onto the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, which also contains related drawings of the campanile of the Duomo, the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista and the adjacent Baptistery, see folio 9 (D16657). For a general study of all the buildings on Piazza Duomo see folio 5 verso (D16650).

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

Powell 1984, p.432.

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Façade of the Duomo, Parma 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-facade-of-the-duomo-parma-r1142555, accessed 29 May 2024.