Turner Bequest CXCIII 2 a
An inscription near the top left-hand corner, underneath ‘Borghese P[alace], appears to read ‘Dolci of [F...]’. The note is accompanied by a very schematic unidentified drawing.
The inscription near the top left-hand corner, ‘Two of Mgl Angle on a gold gd’, refers to a pair of paintings representing the apostles, St Peter and St Paul. Now attributed to an unknown Roman master, the paintings, which have gold grounds, were formerly believed to be the work of Michelangelo.1
The inscription, ‘albberuno [two encircled diagrams] 4’, refers to the four mythological paintings of Venus and Diana by Francesco Albani (1578–1660).2 The diagrams probably represent some form of shorthand notation.
d. The sketch annotated ‘Padova’ depicts the painting, Minerva dressing herself, 1613.3 Formerly attributed to Padovanino, it is now believed to be the work of Lavinia Fontana (1552–1614).
The subject of the sketch near the centre right-hand edge is a painting by Giovanni Lanfranco (1582–1647), Norandino and Lucina Surprised by the Ogre, 1624.4 It is not clear why Turner has labelled the drawing ‘P di Cotone’, ie. Pietro da Cortona.
Powell has suggested that the group of figures near the centre left-hand edge represents Bernardino Cesari’s (1568–1640) painting, Diana and Actaeon, ?circa 1603–6.5
The sketch at the bottom of the page depicts the central and right-hand foreground figures from a painting by Veronese (1528–88), St John the Baptist Preaching, 1562.6 Powell has suggested that an echo of this pose may be found within the woman kneeling before a monk in Turner’s later painting, Forum Romanum 1826 (Tate, N00504).7
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘Sketches and Notes Relating to Paintings in the Galleria Borghese, Rome 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www