Turner Bequest CLXXX 9 a
The sketch in the top left-hand corner appears to depict a grave altar although the object is currently unidentified.
In the top right-hand corner is a study of a fragment of sculptural relief depicting the figures of amorini (putti) bearing a festoon. The work is currently unidentified.
A sketch of an unidentified grave altar or ash urn, decorated with a sculptural relief of a vase and the Latin inscription ‘DMS | CVIBIOCS’. The first part translates as ‘D[is] M[anibus] S[acrum]’, ‘Sacred to the spirits of the departed’, and is a common phrase found on Roman funerary monuments.
A sketch of a hexagonal base or ash urn. The object is currently unidentified.
From the transcribed Latin inscription, Cecilia Powell has identified the bottom sketch as part of the sarcophagus of M. Aurelius Ermogenes,1 found in the Galleria Lapidaria (Lapidary Gallery) of the Museo Chiaramonti.2 The inscription appears within a round shield held by winged figures and reads ‘D[is] M[anibus] | MAVRELIO | ERMOGENE | AVIXITAN | ILIPOXV’.
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘Studies of Sculptural Fragments and Reliefs from the Vatican Museums, Including the Sarcophagus of M. Aurelius Ermogenes 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