Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Gran Loggia of the Villa d’Este, Tivoli


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 112 × 186 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 10 a

Catalogue entry

The Tivoli and Rome sketchbook contains 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 sketch shows the Gran Loggia, an architectural feature in the form of a triumphal arch which stands perpendicular to the western end of the main casino. Built by the Neapolitan architect, Pirro Ligorio, the loggia encloses one side of a terrace overlooking the gardens whilst also providing a platform for a panoramic vista towards Rome. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 11 (D14950). As a young man, Turner had made a watercolour copy of a view of the loggia by another artist, see Dr Monro’s Album of Italian Views (Tate D36457; Turner Bequest CCCLXXIII 44).
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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