Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
View of Tivoli from Monte Catillo, with the Rocca Pia 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 81 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.529 as ‘Tivoli’.
The sketch depicts a view of Tivoli from Monte Catillo to the east, looking towards the Rocca Pia, a massive fortress with four crenallated towers, built by Pope Pius II in 1461. Amongst the buildings silhouetted against the horizon to the right is the campanile of the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, near the Villa d’Este, and the campanile of the Cathedral (Duomo) of San Lorenzo. A related prospect can be seen on folio 83 verso (D15084
) and in the Naples: Rome C. Studies
sketchbook (Tate D16119
; Turner Bequest CLXXXVII 31).
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘View of Tivoli from Monte Catillo, with the Rocca Pia 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 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-view-of-tivoli-from-monte-catillo-with-the-rocca-pia-r1137717, accessed 19 July 2019.