Joseph Mallord William Turner

Temple of Minerva Medica, Rome

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15412
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 60 a

Catalogue entry

Like many other artists visiting Rome, Turner sketched the so-called Temple of Minerva Medica, a ruined circular monument which stands on the Esquiline Hill between the present-day via Giovanni Giolotti and the railway tracks leading into Termini station, close to the Porta Maggiore (also known as the Porta Praenestina). This sketch depicts the inner façade of the ruins with the surviving portion of the vaulted ceiling. For other sketches of the Temple and a full description see folio 56 (D15401; Turner Bequest CLXXXII 55).

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

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