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image Adam vol.57/24

Reference number

Adam vol.57/24

Purpose

Italy: Baia: 'Temple of Apollo'. View of the 'Temple of Apollo' at Baia. It is seen across the water of the Lago d'Averno, with other ruins in the background.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand Baia; in ink 24

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, brown, blue and grey washes; pencil framing line185 x 296 (trimmed)

Hand

Charles-Louis Clérisseau (attributed to)

Notes

There were several views made of this temple, including those in Adam vol.57/26 and 57/30. A contemporary view of the building by Giovanni Battista Natali (1698-1765) is found in Paoli, Avanzi Delle Antichita Esistenti a Pozzuoli Cuma e Baja, Naples, 1768, pl.XLIII. The 'Temple of Apollo' is sometimes confused with the similarly towered ruins of the 'Temple of Diana' at Pozzuoli, although the latter is smaller and is near the amphitheatre rather than the lake, as shown in this drawing.

Level

Drawing

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