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Interior of a Funerary Temple, Inspired by the Mausoleum of Marcus Agrippa in RomeEnlarge image

Interior of a Funerary Temple, Inspired by the Mausoleum of Marcus Agrippa in Rome, 1776

Hubert Robert
French, 1733 - 1808
red chalk on laid paper, laid down on heavy laid paper
36.9 x 28.8 cm
Purchased 1938
National Gallery of Canada (no. 4445)

This red chalk drawing by Hubert Robert is shaped by delineating contrasts of light and shadow: the dark foreground planes are enhanced by the application of heavier and lighter hatching, while the details of the background, which is bathed in light, are rendered in delicate, sketchy lines. Well after his sojourn in Rome in 1765, Robert was still reusing the celebrated motifs of classical architecture that contributed to his renown.

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