The Temple of Castor and Pollux is the newest addition to our collection of architectural models. Also known as the Tempio dei Dioscuri, the Temple of Castor and Pollux was built in honor of the Roman victory in the Battle of Lake Regillus, where the twin sons of Leda and Zeus were said to have appeared, leading the Roman Republic to victory over the Latin League in 495 BC. A fragment of the temple still stands in the Roman Forum, and souvenir models of the temple carved from alabaster and marble were prized souvenirs for ninteenth century Grand Tourists. Needless to say, original Grand Tour souvenir models are rare treasures, coveted by collectors to this day.
Our reimagining of the temple model is an homage to the antique souvenirs, and has been built by hand in our atelier using wood, archival book boards and fine hand-marbled paper. Standing just over 17" tall, this piece has a lovely, curiosity-inspiring presence on a desk or mantelpiece. Temple models are available to order in your choice of seven superbly hand-marbled papers by Renato Crepaldi, all of which are shown in the last image above.
Temple of Castor & Pollux
17" tall, 7-1/2" wide, 2-3/4" deep