Joseph Mallord William TurnerTivoli, the Cascatelle c.1827-8

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Tivoli, the Cascatelle
Date c.1827-8
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 607 x 777 mm frame: 889 x 1052 x 115 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N03388
On loan to Fondazione Roma Museo (Rome, Italy)

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Tivoli, an ancient town in the Sabine hills twenty miles east of Rome, could be reached in Turner’s day by a four hour journey from the capital. Turner visited the place during his first visit to Rome in 1819. This unfinished oil study seems to draw upon his memories and records from that time. It depicts the blue silhouette of the so-called Temple of Maecenas (now known as the Sanctuary of Hercules the Victor), perched on the edge of the precipitous gorge with the waters of the Aniene river falling in cascades over the side.

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