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Giovanni Battista Borra, 1713–1770, Italian

View of the Ruins of an Ionic Temple at Sardis, Probably the Temple of Neptune

ca. 1750
Black ink with gray wash over graphite on moderately thick, moderately textured, beige laid paper
15 1/8 x 21 1/4 inches (38.4 x 54 cm) and 8 1/16 x 12 1/2 inches (20.4 x 31.7 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, upper left: "9 (crossed out and replaced with '10') | IX."; in brown ink, upper left: "X."; within image: labels A-D; in graphite, lower center: "Ionic Temple at Sardis"; in brown ink, lower center: "View of the ruins of a Ionik temple of Sardis taken from the 44" [...] of the Gendus behind"; on back, center left: "e"; on back, center right: "N. IV"

watermark: Strasburg bend and lily with "WR" [Wendelin Riehel of Basle] in monogram (Churchill 408)

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawing & Watercolors-Architectural
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
architectural subject | columns | Hellenistic | hills | Ionic | landscape | Lydian | mountains | Roman | ruins | temple | views
Associated Places:
Asia | Ege kiyilari | Manisa Ili | Sardis | Turkey
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IIIF Manifest:

Grecian Taste and Roman Spirit: The Society of Dilettanti (The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008-08-07 - 2008-10-27) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The City of Sardis : Approaches in Graphic Recording (Harvard Art Museums, 2003-08-23 - 2003-11-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Twenty-Five Years of Discovery at Sardis (Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 1984-01-25 - 1984-03-11) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Twenty-Five Years of Discovery at Sardis (Harvard Art Museums, 1983-11-03 - 1983-12-18) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

John A. Pinto, Speaking ruins, Piranesi, architects and antiquity in eighteenth-century Rome , University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 2012, opp. p. 217, pp. 234, 235, fig. 163, NA1120 .P56 2012 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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