Joseph Mallord William Turner

Four Sketches of the Temple of Minerva Medica, Rome


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 189 x 113 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 55 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains four studies of the so-called Temple of Minerva Medica, a ruin on the Esquiline Hill, which today stands between the present-day via Giovanni Giolotti, and the railway tracks leading into Termini station. Three of the sketches depict the Temple in relation to its surroundings, showing the arches of an adjacent aqueduct, probably the Aqua Claudia which joined the nearby Porta Maggiore (also known as the Porta Praenestina). The fourth sketch is a rough view of the interior of the Temple showing the partial remains of the vaulted ceiling.
For a general discussion and further studies of the Temple see folio 56 (D15401, CLXXXII 55).

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

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