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Interior of Saint Peter's

Artist:
Hubert Robert (French, Paris 1733–1808 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1758
Medium:
Pen and black ink over blue, green, and rose watercolor, gray and brown wash with red chalk underdrawing.
Dimensions:
16 3/16 x 12 5/8 in. (41.1 x 32.1 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.694
Not on view
In this ink and watercolor drawing, Hubert Robert delineates the architecture of Saint Peter’s where the Scala Regia connects the Vatican apartments with the Basilica. At the intersection is a niche containing Bernini’s statue of Constantine the Great. Robert seems equivocal as to whether to approach the view in the spirit of fantasy or fidelity. He is at once faithful to his subject yet obviously deviant, adding his own invention to the architectural program.
Signature: Signed at the lower left: Robert f roma.

Marking: Pentimenti include ink outlines of the beggar woman, her bowl and jug, and the head of Constantine's horse.

Annotated on the verso: "de St. Pierre avec figures et Constantin à la plume et à l'aquarelle."
F. Renaud, Paris (Lugt Suppl. 1042 at the lower right on the mount); Pierre de Nolhac, Paris, 1933; Paul Chevalier, Paris; Chevalier sale, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 20 March 1956, lot 27.
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