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Model of the Temple of Zeus or Apollo (the so-called Temple of Neptune or Poseidon), Paestum Attributed to Domenico Padiglione c.1820, cork

Height: 37.5cm
Width: 63cm
Length: 132.4cm

Museum number: MR25

Curatorial note

This model represents the same temple as MR5 but to a larger scale and also showing the temple after the excavations which cleared the interior of rubble. Despite Sir John Soane’s initial, negative reaction to the temples at Paestum, he began to incorporate the early Greek Doric order that he saw there into his designs as early as 1779. Later, in his lectures given at the Royal Academy he cited this temple on numerous occasions.


If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk