Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of the Inscription on the Base of the Column of Marcus Aurelius in Piazza Colonna, Rome; and a Sketch of Mountains

1819

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 189 x 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40957

Catalogue entry

The inscription on this page records the Latin lettering from the eastern face of the base of the column of Marcus Aurelius in Piazza Colonna, Rome.1 Turner’s transcription reads:
S[...] V Pont [...] | Columnam HANC | ABOMNI IMPIETATE | EXPVRGATVM | S PAVLO APOSTOLO | AEVIE EIVS TATVA | INAVRATA INSVMMO | VERTICE POSITADD | AM DLXXXIX PONTI
The original text reads:
SIXTVS V PONT MAX | COLVMNAM HANC | AB OMNI IMPIETATE | EXPVRGATAM | S PAVLO APOSTOLO | AENEA EIVS STATVA | INAVRATA IN SVMMO | VERTICE POSITA DD | A MDLXXXIX PONT IV
For a general description of the Column of Marcus Aurelius and further sketches see folio 87 (D16632).
Also on the page is a rough unidentified sketch of mountainous landscape.
1
First identified by Powell 1984, p.431.
Verso:
Back cover

Nicola Moorby
February 2011

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