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The Old Temple

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Hubert Robert
French, 1733-1808

About this artwork

The four large canvases by Hubert Robert in the Art Institute’s collection were commissioned by wealthy financier Jean-Joseph, Marquis de Laborde, to decorate a salon in his château at Méréville, France. Installed on all sides of the room, they would have suggested that the walls had dissolved, revealing fantasies of Classical architecture animated by scenes of everyday life. Robert was much sought after as a painter of architectural ruins, a genre that appealed to the late 18th-century taste for the antique. He cultivated his knowledge of antiquity over more than a decade of travel and study in Italy.


On View, Gallery 218


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Hubert Robert


The Old Temple


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


255 × 223.2 cm (100 3/8 × 87 7/8 in.)

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Gift of Adolphus C. Bartlett

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