A Draftsman in the Capitoline Gallery

Object Details

Title:

A Draftsman in the Capitoline Gallery

Artist/Maker(s):

Hubert Robert (French, 1733 - 1808)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Italy (Place created)

Date:

about 1765

Medium:

Red chalk

Dimensions:

45.7 x 33.7 cm (18 x 13 1/4 in.)

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An artist sits drawing in an ancient sculpture gallery. Light streams in from the left, where the gallery is open to a courtyard. During the eighteenth century young artists flocked to Rome from all over Europe to study the monuments of antiquity and the Renaissance.

This red chalk drawing depicts the Capitoline Museum, a gallery of ancient sculpture which opened in Rome in 1734 and quickly became a de facto classroom for aspiring artists. The figure of the draftsman is likely Robert himself. His choice to place the draftsman surrounded by monumental sculptures, creates a sense of the overwhelming effect of the ancients on eighteenth-century artists.

Provenance
before 1882

Pellet collection (Paris)

January 23-24, 1882

Hôtel Drouot [Dessins Anciens Composant la Collection de M.P.], no. 278 ("Musée de Rome, a la sanguine")

Collection H.D. (Paris)

March 31, 1962

Palais Galliera [Tableaux et Dessins anciens et modernes...provenant de la collection H.D.], no. 63 ("Le Dessinateur dans la Galerie des Antiques")

June 30, 2006

Mathias, Le Roux-Morel, Baron Ribeyre Associée, no. 16

Exhibitions
Chefs d'Oeuvre des Collections Parisiennes (November to December 1950)
  • Musée Carnavalet, (Paris), November to December, 1950
Drawing the Classical Figure (December 23, 2008 to March 8, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 23, 2008 to March 8, 2009
Images of the Artist (November 15, 2011 to February 12, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 15, 2011 to February 12, 2012
The Poetry of Paper (July 23 to October 20, 2013)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 23 to October 20, 2013