Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lecture Diagram 3: Lower Part of the Column of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Rome

c.1810

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 552 x 774 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17121
Turner Bequest CXCV 150

Display caption

In a section of Lecture 1 devoted to sculpture, Turner compared this view of the base of the Antonine column to another drawing of its top. This allowed him to show how ancient Roman sculptors adjusted the proportions of the bas relief as it spiralled upwards in order to make it more visible to the spectator below.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry