A Palace with an Arched Bridge (A Roman Villa)

Hubert Robert1760

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

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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  • Title: A Palace with an Arched Bridge (A Roman Villa)
  • Creator: Hubert Robert (French, 1733-1808)
  • Date Created: 1760
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 30.9 x 27.8 cm (12 3/16 x 10 15/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Orr, London (according to Butkin records). Stephanie Maison, London (according to Butkin records). Arcade Gallery, London (according to Butkin records); purchased in 1975.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2008.362
  • Medium: pen and brown and gray ink, graphite, and watercolor
  • Inscriptions: Signed and dated, lower left (on water trough) in brown ink: "H. Roberti D. Romae 1760"
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: France, 18th century
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Muriel Butkin
  • Collection: DR - French
  • Accession Number: 2008.362

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