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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

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

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Verso:
The Gardens and Casino of the Villa d’Este, Tivoli 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 9 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 186 mm
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 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

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘The Gardens and Casino 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-gardens-and-casino-of-the-villa-deste-tivoli-r1137579, accessed 24 May 2024.