The so-called Temple of Vesta is an ancient circular edifice dating from the first century BC which stands on the brink of the gorge at the northern edge of Tivoli. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries it represented an important site for the study of classical architecture and was one of the most popular motifs for artists visiting Italy. This page contains two sketches depicting the ruin from different angles. The semi-circle of surviving Corinthian columns incorporates ten remaining from the original eighteen, whilst the fragment visible in the centre is the remains of the cella, or inner chamber. Turner made a large number of studies of the temple from a variety of angles. For a full discussion see folio 2 (D14935).