Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Villa d’Este, Tivoli

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14948
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 10

Catalogue entry

Turner made several studies of the Villa d’Este, a sixteenth-century villa and formal Renaissance garden built for Cardinal Ippolito d’Este (1509–1572), the son of Lucrezia Borgia. This sketch appears to depict a view of the estate from the casino, including some of the celebrated cypress trees, reputed to be the largest and oldest in Italy.
For a full discussion of Turner’s sketches of the Villa d’Este see folio 5 verso (D14942).

Nicola Moorby
January 2010

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