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

Ruins at Nimes

Oil on canvas, 117 x 174 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Usually enchanted by romantic, suggestive spectacle of ruins, Hubert Robert could also respond to the reverse - to the miracle of the survival of antiquity's monuments intact. At Nimes, in the Provence, the so-called Maison Carrée provides one of the best known of Roman buildings still to convey its original ancient state. Robert turned to this extraordinary site as the antithesis of his usual delight in decay.

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