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This painting is an outstanding example of Turner's mastery in painting light. The colour is intense and the surface shimmers under the searing strength of the sun, with forms representing the landscape and buildings consumed by its glare. It depicts an idyllic landscape in Italy, with a river flowing between hills and under a bridge out towards a level plain and distant sea. On the right bank of the river a religious procession approaches a sacred place on the roadside and to the left two figures kneel in front of a monk.
oil on canvas
H 92.6 x W 123.2 cm
presented by the sons of James Reid of Auchterarder, 1896