Hubert Robert: Stair and Fountain in the Park of a Roman Villa, 11 x 14 Print

About the Artist

One of the most prominent artists of his era, Hubert Robert (1733–1808) is perhaps best known today as “Robert of the Ruins,” named for his depictions of ruined structures of all types, whether real or imagined. He drew inspiration from ancient Rome and scenes he encountered in his native France, including urban renewal projects, Gallo-Roman antiquities, and natural disasters. At the core of his success was his brilliance as a master of the architectural capriccio, in which random monuments from different locales were artfully brought together to create new, completely imaginary landscapes.

Hubert Robert: Stair and Fountain in the Park of a Roman Villa, 11 x 14 Print

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This 11 x 14–inch reproduction of Hubert Robert's Stair and Fountain in the Park of a Roman Villa (Escalier d'une Villa Romaine) (c. 1770) accompanies the exhibition Hubert Robert, 1733–1808. This monumental work represents a summit in the artist’s experimentation with the subject of gardens. The immense vessel in the lower left corner, known as the Borghese Vase (now at the Louvre), is a much-admired ancient Greek artifact discovered in Rome in the 16th century. The enchanting setting was inspired by the celebrated terraced gardens and fountains at the Villa d’Este in Tivoli, but the fanciful arrangement is an improbable feat of architecture and engineering that sprang entirely from the artist’s own imagination.

  • 11 x 14 inches


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