Scene with Antique Ruins

Accession Number

Scene with Antique Ruins

Hubert Robert

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1760-1790

Medium & Support
red crayon on heavy laid paper

14 3/16 in x 11 1/2 in (36.04 cm x 29.21 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink

Label copy
Scene with Antique Ruins
ca. 1750–1800
Red crayon on laid paper
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink, 2012/2.183

Subject matter
This drawing, attributed to the late-nineteenth century French painter Hubert Robert, depicts a male figure in a long, draped garment standing on a slab of stone amidst an ancient ruin. Probably an invented scene of the type Robert became known for, this composition includes a number of columns and capitals piled alongside one another in the middle ground, one of which has an urn on top of it, and a number of friezes and other decorative architectural fragments in the background. The artist conveyed the recession of depth with gently gradated transitions from the darkly shaded foreground to the light sky behind it, which fills the upper three-quarters of the composition.

Physical Description
A red crayon drawing of a man contemplating antique ruins.

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capital components
columns (architectural elements)
friezes (entablature components)

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