Joseph Mallord William TurnerThe Temples of Hera, Paestum 1819

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Artist
Title
The Temples of Hera, Paestum
From Naples, Paestum and Rome Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI
Date 1819
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 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
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 45 Verso:
The Temples of Hera, Paestum 1819
D15997
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 43 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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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