Temples for the Gods

Temples for the Gods
Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Veduta del Tempio di Bacco, in oggi chiesa de S. Urbano (View of the Temple of Bacchus, today called the Church of St Urban) 1758
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
gift of Pet

Exhibition Details

Many of the people clambering over the ruins of ancient Rome in the 17th and 18th centuries were merely curious about the secret city half-hidden beneath their feet. Connoisseurs, however, were acutely aware of the ruins' original function – as temples for gods and goddesses, and monuments for famous Romans.

Collectors avidly sought out original sculptures, sarcophagi and fragments of buildings from the Renaissance onwards, and in later centuries there was a thriving market for copies of major works. The discovery of the ruined townships of Pompeii and Herculaneum, near Naples, caused a widespread classical revival throughout Europe, known as Neoclassicism.

Translations and reprints of early texts whetted the appetite of connoisseurs. The names of Greek and Roman gods, as well as the heroes of mythology, became familiar to many, their symbolic meanings adapted to illustrate the ideals of the times.

This second part of Temples for the Gods draws on works from our collections which illustrate this ongoing fascination with the past. The curious 18th century onlookers populating them are joined by the heroic figures who were commemorated or worshipped in these buildings long ago.

Date
Curated by
Mary Kisler
Location
Level 1
Cost
Free entry

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Tempio antico inventato e disegnato alla maniera di quelli che si fabbricavano in onore della Dea Vesta: quindi vedesi in nmezzo la grand' Ara, sopra della quale conservavasi dalle Vergini Vestali l'inestinguibile fuoco sacro .... (Imaginary ancient temple designed in the style of those built in honour of the Goddess Vesta: in the centre is the great altar on which the Vestal Virgins preserved the inextinguishable sacred fire ...).
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1743
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Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
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Veduta del sotterraneo Fondamento del Mausoleo, che fu eretto da Elio Adriano Im...

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Production date
1756
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
700 x 450 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
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M1982/1/4/35
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Production date
1756
Medium
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Size (h x w)
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Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/37
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XXVIII. Prospetto esterno dell' avanzo de' portici circolari del Teatro di Marc...

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Production date
1756
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
445 x 1196 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/52
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Production date
1756
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
645 x 397 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/56
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Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Production date
1756
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
394 x 594 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
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M1982/1/4/63
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Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Production date
1756
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
395 x 595 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/64
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XXXXVIIII  Fig 1 Pianta del Tempio della Fortuna Virile, fabbricato da Servio Tullio Re de' Romani ... (Fig 1. Plan of the Temple of Fortuna Virilis, built by Servius Tullius, King of the Romans ...)
XXXXVIIII Fig 1 Pianta del Tempio della Fortuna Virile, fabbricato da Servio Tu...

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Production date
1756
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
541 x 412 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/71
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Cupid,Venus and Mars
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Giovanni Ottaviani Giovan Francesco Barbieri known as Guercino

Production date
1764
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
336 x 466 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr G M Mitford, 1883
Accession no
1883/1/4
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Rape of Ganymede
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Domenico Cunego Tiziano Vecellio (known as Titian)

Production date
1770
Medium
engraving
Size (h x w)
240 x 222 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, transferred from Auckland City Libraries, gift of the Leys Institute, 2009
Accession no
2009/22/82
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Hercules and Lichas
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Unknown artist Antonio Canova

Production date
19th century
Medium
bronze
Size (h x w)
420 x 260 x 200 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of James Tannock Mackelvie, 1885
Accession no
M1885/1/177
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Venus italica
Venus italica

Antonio Canova

On display

Production date
circa 1812
Medium
marble
Size (h x w)
1752 x 534 x 534 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Moss Davis, 1931
Accession no
1931/6
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Farnese Hercules
Farnese Hercules

Unknown artist

Production date
circa 1830
Medium
bronze
Size (h x w)
736 x 330 x 260 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of James Tannock Mackelvie, 1885
Accession no
M1885/1/174
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Apollo
Apollo

William Theed

Production date
1847
Medium
marble
Size (h x w)
762 x 600 x 350 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Moss Davis, 1928
Accession no
1928/6/3
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Minerva
Minerva

William Theed

Production date
1847
Medium
marble
Size (h x w)
902 x 600 x 350 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Moss Davis, 1928
Accession no
1928/6/4
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Juno Ludovisi
Juno Ludovisi

William Theed

Production date
1848
Medium
marble
Size (h x w)
775 x 400 x 370 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Moss Davis, 1928. Restoration sponsored by Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery.
Accession no
1928/6/2
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Artemis
Artemis

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On display

Production date
Unknown
Medium
marble
Size (h x w)
393 x 300 x 180 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Moss Davis, 1929
Accession no
1929/9/5
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Napoleon I
Napoleon I

Bertel Thorvaldsen

On display

Production date
circa 1830
Medium
marble
Size (h x w)
1040 x 720 x 440 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Moss Davis, 1927
Accession no
1927/2/11
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The Hon Charles James Fox
The Hon Charles James Fox

Joseph Nollekens

Production date
1793
Medium
marble
Size (h x w)
640 x 480 x 250 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Moss Davis, 1929
Accession no
U/354
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Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Production date
1756
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
450 x 1388 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/38
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XXIX.  Sezione di uno de' Cunei del Teatro di Marcello (Section of one of the banks of seats in the Theatre of Marcellus)
XXIX. Sezione di uno de' Cunei del Teatro di Marcello (Section of one of the ba...

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Production date
1756
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
449 x 863 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/53
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XXXI.  Sezione trasversale de 'cunei inferiori del Teatro di Marcello ... (Transverse section of one of the lower banks of seats in the Theatre of Marcellus facing the via de' Senatori ...)
XXXI. Sezione trasversale de 'cunei inferiori del Teatro di Marcello ... (Trans...

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Production date
1756
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
421 x 250 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/55
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Dimostrazione in grande della modinatura della cornice della parte opposta della facciata del Portico d'Ottavia (Reconstruction of the details of the molding on the cornice of the rear facade of the Portico of Octavia)
Dimostrazione in grande della modinatura della cornice della parte opposta della...

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Production date
1756
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
394 x 252 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/66
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Dimostrazione in grande del capitello di una delle colonne del Tempio di Giunonedentro i portici d'Ottavia.  (Reconstruction of details of the capital of a column of the Temple of Juno within the Portico of Octavia.)
Dimostrazione in grande del capitello di una delle colonne del Tempio di Giunone...

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Production date
1756
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
395 x 250 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/67
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Veduta del presente stato dell' interno del Pronao del tempio d'Ercole nella citta di Cora. (View of the present state of the interior of the pronaos of the Temple of Hercules in the city of Cori).
Veduta del presente stato dell' interno del Pronao del tempio d'Ercole nella cit...

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Production date
1764
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
388 x 548 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/80
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Veduta interna dell' antico Tempio di Bacco in oggi Chiesa di S. Urbano due miglia distante da Roma fuori di porta S Sebastino (Interior view of the temple of Bacchus, now the church of S. Urbano, two miles from Rome)  [Now considered to be the Temple of Ceres and Faustina - John Wilton-Ely Vol. 1 pg 257]
Veduta interna dell' antico Tempio di Bacco in oggi Chiesa di S. Urbano due migl...

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Production date
1767
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
420 x 602 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/84
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View of the Arch of Constantine
View of the Arch of Constantine

Stefano Della Bella

Production date
1656
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
320 x 268 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Peter Tomory Collection, purchased 2004
Accession no
2004/30/22
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Mars, Venus and Cupid
Mars, Venus and Cupid

Simone Cantarini Paolo Veronese

Production date
circa 1638
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
267 x 199 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Peter Tomory Collection, purchased 2004
Accession no
2004/30/38
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The Genius of Castiglione
The Genius of Castiglione

Giovanni Castiglione

Production date
1645-1647
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
373 x 248 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Peter Tomory Collection, purchased 2004
Accession no
2004/30/47
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Allegorical figure holding a sphere
Allegorical figure holding a sphere

Giorgio Ghisi

Production date
circa 1565
Medium
engraving
Size (h x w)
243 x 136 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Peter Tomory Collection, purchased 2004
Accession no
2004/30/65
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Apollo pursuing Daphne
Apollo pursuing Daphne

Cherubino Alberti Polidoro da Caravaggio

Production date
1590
Medium
engraving
Size (h x w)
220 x 145 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Peter Tomory Collection, purchased 2004
Accession no
2004/30/89
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Bacchanal before a herm of Priapus

Giovanni Castiglione

Production date
1648
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
227 x 181 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Peter Tomory Collection, purchased 2004
Accession no
2004/30/45
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Arco di Settimio Severo.  Nel mezzo di questo passave l'antica Via Sacra che portava i Trionf. in Campid.  (Arch of Septimius Severus through which passed the ancient Sacred Way, bringing victors to the Capitol.
Arco di Settimio Severo. Nel mezzo di questo passave l'antica Via Sacra che por...

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Production date
circa 1750
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
374 x 483 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Peter Tomory Collection, purchased 2004
Accession no
2004/30/85
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The Lovers Venus and Anchises
The Lovers Venus and Anchises

Carlo Cesio Annibale Carracci

Production date
circa 1657
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
235 x 222 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr G M Mitford, 1883
Accession no
1883/1/31
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Diana and Callisto
Diana and Callisto

Cornelius Cort Tiziano Vecellio (known as Titian)

Production date
1566
Medium
engraving
Size (h x w)
438 x 368 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1957
Accession no
1957/31/5
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Castel Sant'Angelo
Castel Sant'Angelo

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Production date
1754
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
432 x 559 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1962
Accession no
1962/10/1
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Venus and Adonis
Venus and Adonis

Jan Collaert

Production date
late 16th century-early 17th century
Medium
engraving
Size (h x w)
258 x 175 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr G M Mitford, 1883
Accession no
1883/1/54/2
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Hercules Killing the Hydra of Lerna
Hercules Killing the Hydra of Lerna

Giovanni Caraglio Rosso Fiorentino

Production date
circa 1524
Medium
engraving
Size (h x w)
216 x 180 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Ann Andrews and Robert Newton, 1993
Accession no
1992/36
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Ruins with Figures, an Equestrian Statue, and a round Temple
Ruins with Figures, an Equestrian Statue, and a round Temple

Marco Ricci

Production date
1723-1730
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
433 x 322 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1985
Accession no
1985/1
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Hercules and Deianira
Hercules and Deianira

Pieter van Gunst John Smith Tiziano Vecellio (known as Titian)

Production date
1710-1714
Medium
engraving
Size (h x w)
422 x 276 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, transferred from Auckland City Libraries, gift of the Leys Institute, 2009
Accession no
2009/22/80
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Vestibolo d'antico Tempio ... (Vestibule of an ancient temple)
Vestibolo d'antico Tempio ... (Vestibule of an ancient temple)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Production date
circa 1743
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
258 x 350 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/10
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Vindicibus et Protectoribus Bonarum Artium I B Piranesius. (G B Piranesi [dedicates this work] to the Champions and Defenders of the Fine Arts). Frontispiece to Volume IV  A monumental Roman harbour.
Vindicibus et Protectoribus Bonarum Artium I B Piranesius. (G B Piranesi [dedica...

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Production date
1756
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
403 x 537 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/33
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Bacchus and Ariadne
Bacchus and Ariadne

Giovanni Andrea Podesta Tiziano Vecellio (known as Titian)

Production date
1640-1650
Medium
etching with engraving
Size (h x w)
318 x 396 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Peter Tomory Collection, purchased 2004
Accession no
2004/30/88
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The dream of Aeneas
The dream of Aeneas

Salvator Rosa

Production date
circa 1663-circa 1664
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
371 x 260 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Peter Tomory Collection, purchased 2004
Accession no
2004/30/103
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Veduta della fonte e delle spelonche d'Egeria fuor della Porta Capena or di S. Sebastiano. (The fountain and grotto of Egeria outside the Porta Capena).
Veduta della fonte e delle spelonche d'Egeria fuor della Porta Capena or di S. S...

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Production date
1766
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
405 x 690 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/87
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Profilo del Tempio della Fortuna Virile (Side elevation of the temple of Fortuna Virilis)
Profilo del Tempio della Fortuna Virile (Side elevation of the temple of Fortuna...

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Production date
1756
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
542 x 415 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/72