Washerwomen in the Ruins of the Colosseum
On View: Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
In 1754 Hubert Robert traveled to Italy to further his artistic training and soon found himself captivated by the crumbling ruins of ancient monuments. During his eleven-year stay in Italy, Robert assembled a vast “catalogue” of drawings of such sites, which he would later include in the historically evocative fantasy scenes that earned him both patronage and acclaim. In this painting’s combination of real and imagined structures, the recognizable pierced walls of Rome’s Colosseum loom over the coffered arches of another decaying structure, while washerwomen gather around a fire.
Oil on canvas
17 3/4 x 22 3/4 in. (45.1 x 57.8 cm)
Frame: 23 1/4 x 28 in. (59.1 x 71.1 cm) (show scale)
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Hubert Robert (French, 1733-1808). Washerwomen in the Ruins of the Colosseum, ca. 1760s. Oil on canvas, 17 3/4 x 22 3/4 in. (45.1 x 57.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 1994.70
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