Figures in One of Michelangelo's Niches on the Apse of St. Peters, Rome

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)

Classification: Drawings

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.