Joseph Mallord William Turner

The 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 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14952
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 12

Catalogue entry

Turner devoted several pages of the Tivoli and Rome sketchbook to 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 briefly but effectively depicts the layout of the southern end of the estate with the casino at the top and the symmetrical layout of the diagonal walkways leading downwards to the lower terraces.
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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