Turner Bequest CLXXX 9
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘9’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXX 9’ bottom right
Cecilia Powell has identified this sketch as a fragment of the cinerarium, or ash urn, of T. Flavius Eucharistus,1 which is today found in the Cortile del Belvedere.2 Turner has transcribed the Latin inscription as ‘DM | T FLAVIO. EV CII | ARISTO FECIT | FLAVIA. SABINA | FILIA. RENTISSA | MA. PATRNI DVL | [?SESSINO]’. The first part translates as ‘D[is] M[anibus]’, ‘To the spirits of the departed’, and is a common phrase found on Roman funerary monuments.
This appears to be a sketch of another cinerarium decorated with sculptural reliefs, although the object is currently unidentified.
Part of the relief panel and decorative border at the top of the base.
A fragment of two figures in relief from the left-hand side of the base.
Part of the ornamental border framing the upper corner of the base.
A fragment of figures in relief from the right-hand side of the base.5
Part of the ornamental border at the bottom of the base including an egg and dart style and decorative foliage pattern.
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘Studies of Sculptural Fragments and Reliefs from the Vatican Museums, Including the Ash-Urn of T. Flavius Eucharistus, and 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