Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
The Gardens of the Villa d’Este, Tivoli, seen from the Casino 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 4 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 186 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.527 as ‘View from Tivoli’.
The subject of this sketch is the Villa d’Este in Tivoli, a sixteenth-century villa and formal Renaissance garden built for Cardinal Ippolito d’Este (1509–1572), the son of Lucrezia Borgia. Turner’s panoramic view is taken from the high vantage point of the principal casino looking west in the direction of Rome, and sweeps down across the landscaped estate with its terraced gardens, structured walkways and tall cypress trees. The drawing continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 5 (D14941
). Turner filled several pages of the Tivoli and Rome
sketchbook with studies of the Villa d’Este. For a full discussion see folio 5 verso (D14942
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘The Gardens of the Villa d’Este, Tivoli, seen from the Casino 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-of-the-villa-deste-tivoli-seen-from-the-casino-r1137572, accessed 25 June 2021.