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Title:: The Temple of Minerva Medica Year:: 1811
Artist: Turner, Joseph Mallord William After:  
Medium: mezzotint Provenance: unidentified blindstamp
Period: British 19th Century School/Style: Romantic
Catalogs: Finberg 23 iv/v;
Price: $500.00
Description: Fine, rich impression in sepia on thick wove paper with full margins. The structure erroneously identified as the Temple of Minerva Medica mentioned by Cicero, is actually a nymphaeum, an early Roman shrine dedicated to the nymphs. For Turner it was a title and a touch of the antique in a campagna landscape. The structure, which survives today as a well-kept ruin, lacking its dome and its marble walls, was once in the country but is now almost completely surrounded by apartment buildings. Still, one more variety of beautiful landscape in Turner's great study. Turner did the original drawing (though not from life) and etched the plate. Robert Dunkarton (1744-1811) added the mezzotint under Turner's direction.