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
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.
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