22 March-26 Aug. Chiostro del Bramante will host, in collaboration with Tate Britain in London, an exhibition of works by William Turner, the English Romantic painter, printmaker and watercolourist.
This is the first Rome exhibition dedicated exclusively to the work of Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) who is best known for his expressive landscapes and turbulent seascapes, many of which are infused with literary or historical allusions.
Together with Constable, Turner was an influential exponent of Romanticism, an art movement from the late 18th- to the mid-19th century that emphasised an emotional response to nature. Turner travelled abroad extensively, tending to work in the open air during the warmer months and spending the winter in his studio working from sketches and memory.
After Turner's death in 1851, the contents of his studio became the property of Britain. Known as the Turner Bequest, the collection comprises nearly 300 oil paintings and around 30,000 sketches and watercolours, including 300 sketchbooks, most of which are housed in the Clore Gallery at Tate Britain.
The exhibition at Chiostro del Bramante will include more than 90 works, including sketches, studies, watercolours, drawings and a selection of oils never shown before in Italy, all displayed in chronological order to document the evolution of Turner's style.