Joseph Mallord William Turner

Panoramic View from 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 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14998
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 39

Catalogue entry

Turner devoted several sketchbook pages to studies of the Villa d’Este, a sixteenth-century villa and formal Renaissance garden in Tivoli built for Cardinal Ippolito d’Este (1509–1572), the son of Lucrezia Borgia. This drawing, continued on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 38 verso (D14997), depicts part of a panoramic 180-degree view from the Gran Loggia of the villa looking east across the gardens towards the bell-tower of the Duomo and the façade of the casino.
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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