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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.

Date:

1787/88

Artist:

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 218

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Hubert Robert

Title

The Old Temple

Place

France (Artist's nationality:)

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1787–1788

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

255 × 223.2 cm (100 3/8 × 87 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Adolphus C. Bartlett

Reference Number

1900.382

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