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          Rome, from the Vatican. Raffaelle, Accompanied by La Fornarina, Preparing his Pictures for the Decoration of the Loggia, 1820
          Joseph Mallord William Turner
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          Oil paint on canvas 177 x 335.3 cm

          This stunning view is from the Vatican Loggia showing St Peterís Square towards the Abruzzi hills. The work depicts Romeís importance as a historic and mythological centre. The importance of Rome as a capital of the Renaissance is shown by the great Renaissance artist Raphael who stands in the foreground.

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          Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London; he remained a Londoner and kept a Cockney accent all his life despite dominating British landscape painting throughout the first half of the 19th century. He established a reputation in the Royal Academy, first as a topographical watercolourist and then within a few years as a painter of sublime and historical landscapes. From the mid-1790s he settled on the routine he maintained for much of his life: touring in summer and working in the studio in the winter months. He opened his own gallery and had many patrons and admirers as well as detractors. After his death a large body of his works in oil and watercolour was given to the British nation, with many on show at Tate Britain.

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