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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

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

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Recto:
The Gardens of the Villa d’Este, Tivoli, seen from the Casino 1819
D14941
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 5
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 186 mm
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘5’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXIX 5’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
There are two distinct drawings on this page, both of which depict the gardens 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. The sketch in the bottom right-hand corner appears to represent the view looking north-east from the principal casino towards the edge of the estate and the campanile of the Cathedral (Duomo) of San Lorenzo. Meanwhile, on the left-hand side is a continuation of the study on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread which depicts the vista looking west, see folio 5 (D14941). Turner several pages of the Tivoli and Rome sketchbook with studies of the Villa d’Este. For a full discussion see folio 5 verso (D14942).

Nicola Moorby
January 2010

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-r1137573, accessed 25 June 2021.