Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Temples of Hera, Paestum

1819

Not on display
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
D15997
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 43 a

Catalogue entry

As Cecilia Powell first identified, the subject of this rough outline sketch is the façade of the Second Temple of Hera (formerly known as the Temple of Neptune), one of the three celebrated fifth-century Greek ruins at Paestum.1 Turner’s viewpoint is from the eastern end of the building looking across the frontal colonnade towards the adjacent Temple of Hera (commonly but erroneously known as the Basilica). For a more detailed discussion and other sketches of the temples see folio 31 (D15968; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 29).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

1
Powell 1984, p.425.

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