HUBERT ROBERT

Paris 1733 - 1808 Paris
Hubert Robert’s contemporaries appreciated him first and foremost as a painter of ruins and architecture, although he also composed landscapes and captured human life in rural and urban settings.

Following initial training at the atelier of the sculptor Michel-Ange Slodtz, Hubert Robert lived in Rome and Naples from 1754 to 1765. From time to time Fragonard was also his fellow student there. In Paris the painter’s reputation grew rapidly, and in 1778 he became designer of the royal gardens and was appointed to the Museum Commission of the Royal Collections. During the years of the Revolution, Directorate and Empire the artist was a co-founder of the Louvre Museum. This duty was also reflected in his painting. Hubert Robert executed numerous paintings of the Grande Galerie in the Louvre, and in his portrayals he also depicted it as a ruin.
Hubert Robert
Capriccio with the Pantheon and the Porto di Ripetta, 1761

Oil on canvas, height 102 cm, width 146 cm
Inv.-No. GE511
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