Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of Tivoli from Monte Catillo, with the Rocca Pia

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
D15084
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 82 a

Catalogue entry

The sketch depicts a view of Tivoli from Monte Catillo to the east, looking towards the Rocca Pia, a massive fortress with four crenallated towers, built by Pope Pius II in 1461. Visible along the horizon to the right is the campanile of the Cathedral (Duomo) of San Lorenzo. A related prospect can be seen on folio 82 verso (D15082) and in the Naples: Rome C. Studies sketchbook (Tate D16119; Turner Bequest CLXXXVII 31).

Nicola Moorby
February 2010

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