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Model of the so-called Temple of Neptune or Poseidon, Paestum, cork
Museum number: MR5
The Temple of Neptune is the best-preserved of the three temples at Paestum and, because of its imposing size, was identified as the temple of the patron deity of the city – Poseidon (Neptune to the Romans). The model shows the temple before the excavations at the beginning of the 19th century and numerous blocks are scattered in the interior and cover the floor of the cella or inner sanctuary. 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.
Permanently Magical: Restoration and Renewal of Sir John Soane's Museum, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 2 July - 4 September 2010
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