Artist: Hubert Robert (French, Paris 1733–1808 Paris)
Date: ca. 1763
Medium: Red chalk. Framing lines in pen and brown ink.
Dimensions: 17 15/16 x 13 3/16 in. (45.6 x 33.5 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Accession Number: 1972.118.229
During his eleven-year sojourn in Rome, beginning in 1754, Robert cultivated his taste for architectural subjects, both real and imaginary. This drawing, though undated, is related to a group of views of the Vatican executed by the artist in 1763. Its topographical fidelity and detailed rendering of Michelangelo's niche—one can identify the precise spot in which Robert stood to execute the work—contrast with the freely sketched figures.