This stunning view is from the Vatican Loggia showing St Peter’s Square towards the Abruzzi hills. The work depicts Rome’s 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.
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Rome, from the Vatican. Raffaelle, Accompanied by La Fornarina, Preparing his Pictures for the Decoration of the Loggia
177 x 335.3 cm
Date of work
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.