Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of a Bell-Shaped Crater Standing on the Puteal of the Twelve Gods from the Galleria of the Palazzo Nuovo, in the Capitoline Museums, Rome

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 161 x 101 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15218
Turner Bequest CLXXX 58

Catalogue entry

In addition to sketching in the Vatican Museums, Turner made a thorough study of the ancient Greek and Roman sculptures in the Palazzo Nuovo of the Capitoline Museums. Cecilia Powell first identified the subject of this drawing as a bell-shaped crater (vase) decorated with a design of trailing acanthus leaves and convex flutes at the base,1 set upon a puteal (wellhead) decorated with a relief of twelve gods.2 Both objects stand in the Galleria (Gallery) of the Palazzo Nuovo.
1
Powell 1984, p.421; H. Stuart Jones A Catalogue of the Ancient Sculptures preserved in the Municipal Collections of Rome. The Sculptures of the Museo Capitolino, Oxford 1912, ‘Galleria’ no.31a, p.105, reproduced pl.28. See also the Capitoline Museums online collection records, http://www.museicapitolini.net/urn?urn=urn:collectio:0001:scu:00275.
2
Powell 1984, p.421; Jones 1912, no.31b, p.106, reproduced pl.29. See also http://www.museicapitolini.net/urn?urn=urn:collectio:0001:scu:01919.
Verso:
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Nicola Moorby
November 2009

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