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Temple of Diana at Ephesus
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Temple of Diana at Ephesus


Maerten van Heemskerck (1498 - 1574)

Pen and ink on paper

Height: 20.2 cm; Width: 26.8cm;

Inscribed, lower left & lower right, on end of column & lower left, on stone, 4. Dianae/ Ephesiae/ Tenplum & 4 & Heemszurch/ inventor/ 1570

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
The Temple at Ephesus, dedicated to the goddess Diana, was known as one of the world’s wonders due to its vast proportions. This strikingly detailed drawing by the major Netherlandish artist, Maerten van Heemskerck, shows the process of construction, depicting an active human presence in an architectural image. In the foreground, figures wielding various tools endeavour to build the grand structure. The figure holding the plan at the left may represent the architect, Denocrates. (Permanent collection label)

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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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