École française des 17e et 18e siècles

Pyramid-shaped tomb in the Roman countryside

Hubert Robert (1733-1808)

1765

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Hubert Robert (1733-1808) "Tombeau en forme de pyramide dans la campagne romaine", 1765, dessin à pierre noire sur papier vergé blanc, 34,5 x 45 cm

Black chalk on paper

873-2-41

Bequeathed by Jean Marie de Silguy in 1864

H. 34.5 – L. 45 cm

During his stay at the villa d’Este in 1760, Hubert Robert works on many views of Ancient, baroque Rome.  The tomb seems to be inspired by the pyramid of Caius Cestus in Rome, but the setting does not correspond.  This composition, which mixes reality with the artist’s imagination, is akin to the Italian genre “capriccio” or architectural fantasy.  As usual, the painter animates the scene with a few popular figures.

École française des 17e et 18e siècles

Pyramid-shaped tomb in the Roman countryside

Hubert Robert (1733-1808)

1765

Enlarge picture jpg 184Ko (See the caption hereafter) (modal window)
Hubert Robert (1733-1808) "Tombeau en forme de pyramide dans la campagne romaine", 1765, dessin à pierre noire sur papier vergé blanc, 34,5 x 45 cm

Black chalk on paper

873-2-41

Bequeathed by Jean Marie de Silguy in 1864

H. 34.5 – L. 45 cm

During his stay at the villa d’Este in 1760, Hubert Robert works on many views of Ancient, baroque Rome.  The tomb seems to be inspired by the pyramid of Caius Cestus in Rome, but the setting does not correspond.  This composition, which mixes reality with the artist’s imagination, is akin to the Italian genre “capriccio” or architectural fantasy.  As usual, the painter animates the scene with a few popular figures.

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