Grand Tour Souvenir Temple of Castor and Pollux

  • This remarkable Italian sculpture is a faithful model of the Temple of Castor and Pollux in Rome
  • The realistic model depicts the three Corinthian columns that remain of the ancient edifice
  • The piece was almost certainly a souvenir from a Grand Tour enjoyed by a well-to-do traveler
  • Crafted in intricate detail from giallo antico marble, the model evokes the grandeur of antiquity
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Item No. 30-4259

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This model of the ruins of the Temple of Castor and Pollux in Rome evokes the lasting grandeur of ancient Rome. Today just three massive columns remain from the ancient edifice, which is perfectly replicated here down to the smallest detail. Intricately crafted of giallo antico marble, this piece was likely a souvenir from a Grand Tour enjoyed by a 19th century tourist. The ruins of the temples of the Forum Romanum were considered the grandest examples of Roman architecture, and diminutive models such as this one were among the most sought after souvenirs. 

The Temple of Castor and Pollux in the Roman Forum was originally erected in 435 BCE, and was dedicated to the Roman General Aulus Postumius, who was victorious in the Battle of Lake Regillus against the Latins. According to the ancient legend, the twin sons of Jupiter, Castor and Pollux, appeared with Postumius on the battlefield, charging at the head of the cavalry and wounded all in their path. The temple was built in homage to their appearance and aid, and was restored and rebuilt throughout the years to maintain its grandeur. At its height, it served as the office of weights and measures, as well as an important meeting place for the Roman Senate.

Circa 1880 

18” high x 9" wide x 4" deep
Grand Tour Souvenir Temple of Castor and Pollux
Period: 19th Century
Origin: Italy
Type: Figurines/Statuettes
Depth: 4.0 Inches
Width: 9.0 Inches
Height: 18.0 Inches
Style: Neoclassical

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