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The Landing Place

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 Landing Place is one of four works commissioned to decorate a salon in the château of Jean-Joseph, Marquis de Laborde, a successful financier. This view is dominated by an immense colonnade, in front of which several people are shown departing in a pleasure boat while others linger at the water’s edge. As he constructed this fantasy, Hubert Robert included direct references to renowned antique monuments, combining them with elements of his own invention. The perspective and scale of Robert’s four painted architectural fantasies were coordinated with the proportions of the room to give the illusion of a vast, open space.


On View, Gallery 218


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Hubert Robert


The Landing Place


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


H. ROBERT / IN ÆDIBUS / MEREVILLÆ / PRO / D. DE LABORDE / PINXIT / A.D. 1788. (lower center, on statue pedestal)


255 × 222.9 cm (100 7/8 × 87 3/4 in.)

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Gift of Richard T. Crane

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