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Gallery to display Turner works


The collection will be on display from 27 March until 7 June

A paintbox and palette once used by the landscape artist J M W Turner will be displayed as part of a major exhibition of his work in Edinburgh.

More than 100 works will be on show at the National Gallery on the Mound, charting Turner's love affair with Italy.

Loans from collections in Washington, Philadelphia, Melbourne and Paris will be on display from 27 March - 7 June.

Edinburgh is the only UK venue for the exhibition.

Michael Clarke, director of the National Gallery of Scotland, said: "Turner was probably the greatest and most inventive of all landscape painters.

"His unique sensitivity to nature's variety, allied to his astonishing technical facility, mark him out as a truly extraordinary talent who never ceases to amaze us.

"This will be the most important Turner show ever mounted by the galleries and we are looking forward to it enormously."

Turner, who lived from 1775-1851, travelled to Italy seven times.

The exhibition "Turner and Italy" aims to provide a comprehensive overview of his Italian work and its impact on his British art.

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