Rome from San Pietro in Montorio

J. M. W. TurnerAround 1820-21

The Courtauld Institute of Art

The Courtauld Institute of Art
London, United Kingdom

On his return from his first trip to Italy, Turner produced eight views for his patron Walter Fawkes. In this one, Rome is seen from the church of San Pietro in Montorio on the Janiculum, a hill to the west of the city, with sweeping hazy views across the Trastevere neighbourhood and the Colosseum, to the Alban hills in the distance. Two peasant women in the foreground and a puppet show at the left animate the scene with hints of local character.


  • Title: Rome from San Pietro in Montorio
  • Creator: Joseph Mallord William Turner
  • Creator Lifespan: 1775 - 1851
  • Date Created: Around 1820-21
  • Location: Montorio, Italy
  • Location Created: Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 28.8 x 41.5 cm
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Photo Ⓒ The Courtauld
  • External Link: Explore The Courtauld's collection
  • Medium: Watercolour with some added gum arabic, bodycolour, pen and brown ink with scraping on wove paper, laid down
  • Acquisition Credit: Dorothy Scharf bequest

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