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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

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

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 12 Recto:
The Casino and Gardens of the Villa d’Este, Tivoli 1819
D14952
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 12
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 186 mm
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘12’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXIX 12’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘The 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-the-casino-and-gardens-of-the-villa-deste-tivoli-r1137584, accessed 25 June 2021.