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  • Title: Ancient Ruins: Ancient Aqueduct
  • Creator: Jean-Claude-Richard de Saint-Non (French, 1727-1791), Jean Baptiste Le Prince (French, 1734-1781)
  • Date Created: 1756
  • Physical Dimensions: Platemark: 27.2 x 23.7 cm (10 11/16 x 9 5/16 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1927.331
  • Medium: etching
  • Inscriptions: Saint-Non became a priest in deference to his parents' wishes, but from 1752 his interest turned to art, and he began to etch in 1753. He went to Italy in the 1750s to study classical monuments, sculpture, and the landscape-a necessary trip for artistic training in the 18th century. This image of an ancient Roman aqueduct demonstrates the taste for representations of picturesque ruins. The grass-covered monument, centered in the decorative oval composition, is identified in a clever manner: "Aquedott del Acqua Claudia" is inscribed on the large piece of stonework discovered by the trio of soldiers at the lower right.
  • Department: Prints
  • Culture: France, 18th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland
  • Collection: PR - Etching
  • Accession Number: 1927.331

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