ROBERT, Hubert
(b. 1733, Paris, d. 1808, Paris)

Design for the Grande Galerie in the Louvre (detail)

1796
Oil on canvas
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Hubert Robert's great work was the realization of the Louvre Museum. A comparison of two of his paintings, the first showing a ruined barrel-vault hall, and the second the Grande Galerie in the Louvre, immediately reveals the source of the idea for the top lighting and the "antique effect" that the newly designed gallery is open to the sky. The sublimity of antique ruins was to be transferred to the real building, and this in turn was to be a treasure chest of art and a worthy successor to its antique models.




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