Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of the Inscription on the Base of the Column of Marcus Aurelius in Piazza Colonna, Rome

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16637
Turner Bequest CXCI 90

Catalogue entry

The inscription on this page records the Latin lettering from the northern face of the base of the column of Marcus Aurelius in Piazza Colonna, Rome.1 Turner’s transcription reads:
TRIVMPAHLIS | ET SACRA NVNC SVM | CHRISTIVEREPI[...] | DISCIPVLVIM FERE | QVV PER CRVCIS | PRAEDIC ATIOMEN | DERORANIS | BARBARISQ | TRIVMPHIANVIT | [?F]ONTANI
The original text reads:
TRIVMPHALIS | ET SACRA NVNC SVM | CHRISTI VERE PIVM | DISCIPVLVM FERENS | QVI PER CRVCIS | PRAEDICATRIONEM | DE ROMANIS | BARBARISQ | TRIVMPHAVIT
For a general description of the Column of Marcus Aurelius and further sketches see folio 87 (D16632).

Nicola Moorby
February 2011

1
First identified by Powell 1984, p.431.

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