‘Turner’s Italian Odyssey: An In-Depth Look at the Italian Sketchbooks of 1819 and 1828’

Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 16 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3JA

Lecture by Nicola Moorby

2019 marks two hundred years since one of Turner’s most significant European expeditions, his first tour of Italy, an experience which both consolidated and expanded his landscape vision. Drawing upon recent cataloguing of the Italian sketchbooks, this talk will discuss his approach to Italy’s treasures and traditions and examine how he assimilated that material within his wider practice.

Nicola Moorby is an independent art historian specialising in British art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Formerly at Tate Britain, she has worked extensively on Turner, including as co-editor and author of How to Paint like Turner (2010) and as co-curator of the interactive exhibition, Colour into Line: Turner’s Experiments (Tate Britain, 2008–14). She has been a long-term member of the team preparing the Tate’s new online catalogue of the Turner Bequest and has particularly worked on the sketchbooks of the 1819 and 1828 Italian tours.

Entry is free, without ticket. Wine will be served after the lecture.