Joseph Mallord William Turner

Casino and Gardens of the Villa d’Este, Tivoli

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14953
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 12 a

Catalogue entry

During his time in Tivoli 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 swiftly drawn sketch depicts the layout of the southern end of the estate capturing the steep gradient of the landscaped gardens looking up towards the casino on the left. The panorama continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 13 (D14954).
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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