Lorenzo Bonechi

Little Temple


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Lorenzo Bonechi born 1955
Original title
Drypoint on paper
Image: 225 × 244 mm
Purchased 1984

Catalogue entry

Lorenzo Bonechi born 1955

P77028 Little Temple 1983

Drypoint 225 x 244 (8 7/8 x 9 5/8) on wove paper 350 x 501 (13 3/4 x 19 3/4); plate-mark 232 x 248 (9 1/8 x 9 3/4); printed and published by Carini, Florence in an edition of 30
Inscribed ‘Lorenzo Bonechi '83' below image b.r. and ‘14/30' below image b.l.
Purchased from Nigel Greenwood Inc. (Grant-in-Aid) 1984
Lit: Elizabeth Underhill, New Prints and Drawings, exh. cat., Tate Gallery, 1984, pp.1-2

This work is one of many by the artist which depict a temple on a hill. In P77028 the temple is placed between two trees and a steeply slanting mound. When asked by the compiler why temples interested him as images, Bonechi drew attention to the Baptistry of San Giovanni in Florence. This domed octagonal building was built in the sixth or seventh century and was derived from Byzantine models. Bonechi writes that ‘the purity of form of the Baptistry in Florence as a formal expression of sanctity, has always held a great fascination for me in my work'.

P77028 does not represent a particular scene. The hill slopes steeply across the image and, according to the artist, it developed into the shape of a boat. Bonechi points out that the swirling movement in P77028 is animated by his swift method of drawing.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, pp.316-17

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