Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Gardens and Casino 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
D14947
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 9 a

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 sketch looks south-west from a point near the Fountain of Dragons at the central axis of the gardens, towards the recognisable outlines of the ‘Rometta’ Fountain and the Civetta (Owl) Fountain. On the left-hand side of the composition is the façade of the casino with the abutting perpendicular arch of the Gran Loggia at the end of the terrace.
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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