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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Interior of Milan Cathedral, Looking East along the Nave; the Head and Shoulders of a Woman 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 91 Verso:
The Interior of Milan Cathedral, Looking East along the Nave; the Head and Shoulders of a Woman 1819
D14488
Turner Bequest CLXXV 90a
Pencil on white wove paper, 185 x 112mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Made with the page turned vertically, the main view is along the nave of Milan Cathedral, with the disk of the rose window at the apsidal end in the distance. The vertical strokes above the arch at the centre indicate the niches of carved figures below the crossing under the lantern. For other views in the cathedral and elsewhere in the city at the beginning of this sketchbook, see under folio 2 recto (D14328).
At the top right, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, is a study the head and shoulders of a woman from the back; for other figure studies in this book, see under folio 18 verso (D14351).

Matthew Imms
March 2017

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘The Interior of Milan Cathedral, Looking East along the Nave; the Head and Shoulders of a Woman 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2017, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, July 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-interior-of-milan-cathedral-looking-east-along-the-nave-r1186601, accessed 22 August 2019.