Turner Bequest CLXXX 8 a
Cecilia Powell has identified the sketch in the top left-hand corner as an inscription to Deus Arimanius,1 found in the Galleria Lapidaria (Lapidary Gallery) of the Museo Chiaramonti.2 Turner has transcribed the Latin text as ‘D. ARIMANIO | ACRESTIVS V.C | DEFENSOR | MaCISTEB.ET | PATER. PATRVM | YOCL. CO’.
Powell has identified the sketch in the top right-hand corner as the base of the statue of Attius Isteius Tertullus,3 also found in the Galleria Lapidaria (Lapidary Gallery) of the Museo Chiaramonti.4 Further details of the sculptural reliefs and decorative features of this monument can be seen on folio 10 (D15121; Turner Bequest CLXXX 9). Turner has numbered the object ‘109’.
This sketch appears to show the top of one of the Ionic pilasters in the Cortile del Belvedere.5
A sketch of a sculptural relief with figures and a stylised leaf motif, and part of the ornamental border beneath. The object is currently unidentified.
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘Studies of Sculptural Fragments and Reliefs from the Vatican Museums, Including the Statue Base of Attius Insteius Tertullus 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www