Turner Bequest CLXXX 10
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘10’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXX 10’ bottom right
Cecilia Powell has identified this sketch as an Aedicule and Pediment,1 formerly in the Galleria Lapidaria (Lapidary Gallery).2 The study includes the Latin inscription ‘GENS’ at the top of the pediment. The aedicule is known as the ‘Nicchia di Todi’, and today it can be found in the Vestibolo of the Scala del Bramante (Hall of the Bramante Staircase).3
This is a detail from one of the decorative capitals from the Aedicule (see above).
This is a detail of one of the decorative relief panels on the side of the Aedicule (see above). The sketch is inscribed above ‘D Fish Crab D of’, next to a detail of a fish.
From the transcribed inscription Cecilia Powell has identified this sketch as part of the Grave altar of Manlia Iucunda,4 from the Galleria Lapidaria (Lapidary Gallery).5 The Latin text reads ‘MANLIA . SEVERA | MANLIALIV CVNDAE | NUTRICI’.
The subject of the sketch in the bottom left-hand corner is currently unidentified although it appears to depict part of a grave altar decorated with a sculptural relief of a griffin.
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘Studies of Sculptural Fragments and Reliefs from the Vatican Museums, Including an Aedicule and Pediment, and the Grave Altar of Manlia Iucunda 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