Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches and Notes Relating to Paintings in the Galleria Borghese and the Palazzo Pallavicini-Rospigliosi, Rome

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 115 x 94 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16767
Turner Bequest CXCIII 3 a

Catalogue entry

The schematic drawing at the top of the page represents a rough study of the background of Titian’s famous painting, Sacred and Profane Love circa 1513–14, in the Galleria Borghese, Rome.1 For another sketch and a fuller description see folio 5 (D16768; Turner Bequest CXCIII 4).
In the centre of the page is a study of a painting by Barocci Federico (?1535–1612), Aeneas Fleeing from Troy 1598, also in the Galleria Borghese.2 The drawing is labelled ‘Barrochio Aeneas and M’, and is further annotated with notes, ‘[?Aen]’ and ‘[?White]’. Cecilia Powell has suggested that the fiery colours enlivening the figures of Aeneas and his family may have struck a chord with Turner’s own approach to the use of emotive colouring within his paintings.3
At the bottom of the page is part of a handwritten note referring to the Aurora of Guido Reni (1575–1642), a fresco dating from 1613–14 which decorates the ceiling of the Casino dell’Aurora in the Palazzo Pallavicini-Rospigliosi, Rome. The inscription reads: ‘of the dark cloud above, more than its | sun quality. the cloud rather ylo as | the figures are – ’. See folio 4 (D16766; Turner Bequest CXCIII 3) for the first part of the inscription and further discussion of Turner’s comments.

Nicola Moorby
February 2011

1
Powell 1984, p.433. Reproduced in Paola della Pergola, Galleria Borghese: I Dipinti, Rome 1955–9, vol.I, no.233.
2
Powell 1984, p.433. Reproduced in Pergola 1955–9, vol.II, no.99, fig.100 and Powell 1987, p.[69], fig.73.
3
Powell 1987, pp.68–[9].

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