Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of a Torso on a Pedestal Base Dedicated to Q. Plotius Romanus, in the Vatican Museums

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
D15140
Turner Bequest CLXXX 18 a

Catalogue entry

During his 1819 stay in Rome, one of Turner’s most extensive sketching campaigns was the large number of pencil studies made from the sculpture collections of the Vatican Museums (for a general discussion, see the introduction to the sketchbook). Cecilia Powell has identified the subject of this sketch as a torso,1 mounted on a base with an inscription dedicated to Q. Plotius Romanus.2 Turner has transcribed the full Latin text which reads ‘Q.PLOTIO.Q.FIL | QVIR.ROMANO | EQVOPIBLIO.EXORNO| A IVO.NADRIANO | AFD.FLM.ROM,ET.AUG A FLAMINI DIVI. TITI | HVICDEGRIONES | STATVM. PVBLICEONEND | De CRENERANT | PLOTIVS NIGER . PATER HONORI . VSVS | DESVO.POS.VIT.L B . D D’. The monument can be found in the Galleria Lapidaria (Lapidary Gallery) of the Museo Chiaramonti.

Nicola Moorby
November 2009

1
Powell 1984, p.413. See Walther Amelung, Die Sculpturen des Vaticanischen Museums, Berlin 1903–8, vol.I, ‘2. Galleria Lapidaria Seite 161–308’, no.124, pp.255–6, reproduced pl.27.
2
Ibid., no.124b, p.256.

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