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Oct 28, 2008

A Palace with an Arched Bridge (A Roman Villa)

A Palace with an Arched Bridge (A Roman Villa)


Hubert Robert

(French, 1733–1808)

Pen and brown and gray ink, graphite, and watercolor

Support: Beige laid paper, laid down on blue laid? paper, modern mat by E. Mans (working in Paris from 1919, Lugt. Suppl. 878b, drystamp on lower right of mount)

Sheet: 30.9 x 27.8 cm (12 3/16 x 10 15/16 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.362



Hubert Robert had been living in Rome for five years when he executed this watercolor. He was fascinated by the architecture and gardens he saw in Italy and became especially interested in the picturesque interaction between Italy's rich artistic past and the daily life he saw on the streets. This sheet does not represent an actual view. It is, rather, an invention of the artist, who liked to create architectural fantasies by combining the different types of structures he became familiar with in Rome. Here, he enlivened the view with washerwomen doing laundry.

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