Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Section of the Vault of the Basilica of Constantine, in the Roman Forum

1819

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16266
Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 60 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains a rough sketch of a section of coffered ceiling fallen from the vault of the Basilica of Constantine. The piece can still be found in the same position today, at ground level in front of the building in the Roman Forum. Despite the swift, schematic nature of the drawing Turner’s record reveals that the ornamental detailing was in a better state of preservation during the nineteenth century than it is today after decades of twentieth century acid erosion. For other sketches relating to the Basilica see folio 59 (D16261; Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 58).

Nicola Moorby
January 2009

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