Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Sketches Showing the Exterior and Interior of the Temple of Minerva Medica, Rome


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 × 189 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 61

Catalogue entry

Like many other artists visiting Rome, Turner sketched the so-called Temple of Minerva Medica, a ruined circular monument which stands on the Esquiline Hill between the present-day via Giovanni Giolotti and the railway tracks leading into Termini station, close to the Porta Maggiore (also known as the Porta Praenestina). The main study on this page shows the ruined exterior of the structure whilst the smaller drawing top right shows the interior with the partially collapsed vault. A related watercolour compositon can be found in the Rome C. Studies sketchbook (see Tate D16362; Turner Bequest CLXXXIX 35). For other sketches of the Temple and a full description see folio 56 (D15401; Turner Bequest CLXXXII 55).

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

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