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Model of theTemple of the Dioscuri (Castor and Pollux, the so-called Temple of Jupiter Stator), Rome

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Height: 51cm
Width: 33cm
Depth: 17.4cm

Museum number: MR14

Curatorial note

The three Corinthian columns of this large temple in the Forum Romanum are amongst the most recognisable ruins in Rome. They were influential on architects including Sir John Soane. He drew the columns whilst in Rome and used their example in his lectures as Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy, stating that they were: ‘the most sublime and awfully grand and impressive...we are lost in silent admiration of its uncommon beauties.’

Exhibition history

John Soane Architect: Master of Space and Light, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 11 September - 3 December 1999; Centro Palladio, Vicenza, April - August 2000; Hôtel de Rohan, Paris, January - April 2001; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, 16 May - 3 September 2001; Real Academia des Bellas Artes, Madrid, October - December 2001
Order: Myth, Meaning and Beauty in Architecture, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 16 October 2009 - 30 January 2010; Reading Museum, 22 January - 27 March 2011


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