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Explorations in the footsteps of Turner, Cotman and Ruskin with Professor David Hill

Temple of Vesta SS

The Temple of Hercules Victor, Rome
Photograph by David Hill taken 12 April 2015, 14.42 GMT
This circular temple is a landmark in many of Turner’s sketches in the Aventine area. In Turner’s day (and until recent years) it was called the ‘Temple of Vesta’, and was depicted by very many artists as an archetypal Roman structure. Today it is stranded on an island between half a dozen lanes of streaming traffic.

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Published on April 16, 2015 at 1600 × 1084 in Turner in Italy: Rome from Mount Aventine, 1836