J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Casino and Gardens of the Villa d'Este, Tivoli 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 12 Verso:
Casino and Gardens of the Villa d’Este, Tivoli 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 12 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 186 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Casino and Gardens of the Villa d’Este, Tivoli 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-casino-and-gardens-of-the-villa-deste-tivoli-r1137585, accessed 24 May 2024.