Sublime Sites

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

Vesta and campanile SS

The Temple of Portunus, Campanile of Santa Maria in Cosmedin and Temple of Hercules Victor, Rome.
Photograph by David Hill taken 12 April 2015, 14.41 GMT
Taken from the same viewpoint as Turner’s sketch TB CLXXXII 37a. It is not the most obvious view in the vicinity today, as the temples are somewhat hemmed in by shrubbery. Turner would no doubt have enjoyed the bathetic detail of workmens’ facilities in the foreground.

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Published on April 16, 2015 at 1600 × 876 in Turner in Italy: Rome from Mount Aventine, 1836