Hubert Robert

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

1776
Hubert Robert was in Rome from 1754 to 1765 as a young pensionnaire at the Académie de France, during which time he established his reputation with paintings and drawings of the remains of Roman antiquity. After his return to France he continued to produce views and fantasy scenes based on studies made in Italy. This is an imaginary scene inspired by a Roman rotunda, perhaps one of the four attached to the Baths of Diocletian (dedicated in 305 and 306). The church of San Bernardo alle Terme, established in one of these rotundas at the end of the 16th century, bears some resemblance to our drawing.
Title
Interior of a Funerary Temple, Inspired by the Mausoleum of Marcus Agrippa in Rome
Date
1776
Medium
Drawing
Materials
red chalk on laid paper, laid down on heavy laid paper
Dimensions
36.9 x 28.8 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1938
Accession number
4445