Hubert Robert’s painting brings together a group of ancient monuments—the Colosseum and Pantheon among them—that are actually miles apart in Rome. Such imaginary groupings of the city’s antique remains were a common subject for Neoclassical artists. These works not only celebrated Rome's ancient grandeur, but also served a moral purpose, reminding viewers of the transitory nature of all human achievements.


  • Title: Landscape with a Temple
  • Creator: Hubert Robert
  • Date: 18th century
  • Provenance: Achille-Fould, Château de Beychevelle (near Bordeaux); Samuel W. Pray, Philadelphia; Acquavella Galleries, 1950; Samuel W. Pray, 1953; Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.; Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. to the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, 1981.
  • Physical Dimensions: w46 x h64 in
  • Credit Line: Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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