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.
This 11 x 14–inch reproduction of Hubert Robert's The Pantheon with the Port of Ripetta (1766) accompanies the exhibition Hubert Robert, 1733–1808. Robert’s majestic fantasy combines recognizable structures from different eras and different locations in Rome: the ancient Pantheon, dedicated in 126; the curved staircase built in 1705 in the Ripetta, the city’s port on the Tiber River; and, at left, part of the magnificent façade of the Palazzo dei Conservatori, designed in the 16th century by Michelangelo. This painting secured Robert admittance to the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris.
- 11 x 14 inches