Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Temples of Saturn and Vespasian in the Forum, Rome

1819

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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
D15361
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 35 a

Catalogue entry

Standing in the Roman Forum at a point near to the western face of the Arch of Septimius Severus, Turner has drawn the view looking square on towards the eight surviving Ionic columns of the Temple of Saturn. On the right are the three columns of the ruined Temple of Vespasian.
For a general discussion of the Temples and Turner’s depictions of the Forum see folio 32 (D15355).

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

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