Skip to main content

The Ruin

Artist
Hubert Robert, French, 1733–1808
Date
1789
Material
Oil on canvas
Place made
France, Europe
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
Not on view
Dimensions
95 5/8 x 77 in. (242.9 x 195.6 cm)
framed: 107 3/4 x 86 x 5 in. (273.7 x 218.4 x 12.7 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Frederic W. Allen
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
22:1958
NOTES
This imposing colonnade, a fabrication on the part of the artist, impresses with its size. In the 18th century, such antiquities served to remind viewers of the power and magnificence of Rome. By juxtaposing small human figures with the over-sized monument, Hubert Robert underscored the sense of wonder that the ancient ruins inspired in visitors. The painting also documents how contemporary Romans adapted ruins into makeshift habitations.
Scroll back to top