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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.
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