image: J.M.W. Turner, Venice: Looking across the Lagoon at Sunset, 1840, watercolour on paper, 244x304 mm© Tate, London 2018 - Tate: Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856.
Thursday 22 March 2018 - 00:00 to Sunday 26 August 2018 - 00:00
Opening time: Mon to Fri:10.00-20.00 | Sat - Sun: 10.00-21.00

Chiostro del Bramante, in partnership with the Tate in London, will be hosting 'TURNER. Works from the Tate’ from the end of March until the end of August 2018. This major monographic exhibition will be devoted to one of Britain’s most important painters: Joseph Mallord William Turner.

The event – curated by David Blayney Brown, Manton Curator of British Art 1790‒1850 – marks the start of a major collaboration between the Tate in London and Chiostro del Bramante and will provide an exceptional opportunity to see some key works spanning the entire career of the famous British artist, which have not been seen in Rome for more than fifty years or in any Italian museum for twelve years. A unique collection of ninety-two works, including watercolours, drawings and sketchbooks, as well as a selection of oil paintings, displayed together in Italy for the first time. The works have been selected from the vast legacy that comprises around 30,000 works on paper, 300 oil paintings and 280 sketchbooks, known as the 'Turner Bequest’, donated to Great Britain after the artist’s death in 1851 and mostly conserved at Tate Britain. The bequest includes the entire body of works housed in the artist’s personal studio and produced over the years for his “own pleasure”, to cite the beautiful words used by the critic John Ruskin.

An aesthetic and visual pleasure, in which memories of journeys, emotions and fragments of landscapes seen during his long stays abroad illustrate the development of Turner’s stylistic language and his incessant poetic research, focused on experimenting with the expressive potential of light and colour. The exhibition therefore allows us to explore Turner’s entire artistic production and reveals how, in his drawings of topographic and architectural subjects, he gradually developed an extremely personal style, including an extraordinary range of new iconographical and stylistic elements in his works based on his refined passion for light, colour and atmospheric effects.

The exhibition at Chiostro del Bramante – divided into six thematic sections – focuses on the important role played by watercolours in defining Turner’s style, demonstrating how his expressive research was a precursor to the art of the Impressionists.

Information: T 06 68809035 –


Production: DART Chiostro del Bramante
In partnership with: Tate
Patronage: Regione Lazio, Roma – Assessorato alla crescita culturale, Ambasciata Britannica, British Council
Technical partners: Trenitalia, Ticketone
Media Coverage:, Wanted in Rome
Catalogue: Skira Editore

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