About the Artist
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