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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Villa Medici, from Trinità dei Monti, Rome 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 6 Recto:
Villa Medici, from Trinità dei Monti, Rome 1819
D16770
Turner Bequest CXCIII 5
Pencil on white wove paper, 94 x 115 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘5’ bottom left, descending left-hand edge
Stamped in black ‘CXCIII 5’ bottom left, descending left-hand edge
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner’s viewpoint for this sketch was the church of Trinità dei Monti at the top of the Spanish Steps, looking north-west towards gardens and buildings on the Pincian Hill. The building dominating the right-hand side of the composition is the Villa Medici, which since 1803 has been the home of the French Academy in Rome. In inscription on folio 97 (D16870; Turner Bequest CXCIII 96) the artist compares the effects of wandering in the gardens of the Villa Medici at night to that of a painting by Claude Lorrain.

Nicola Moorby
February 2011

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Villa Medici, from Trinità dei Monti, Rome 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2011, 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-villa-medici-from-trinita-dei-monti-rome-r1138545, accessed 18 May 2022.