Grand Gallery of the Louvre in Ruins by Hubert Robert
Grand Gallery of the Louvre in Ruins by Hubert Robert

Grand Gallery of the Louvre in Ruins c1796 by French Painter Hubert Robert (1733 – 1808), who specialized in creating artwork of the Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, and Renaissance styles.

This is an Imaginary View of the Grand Gallery of the Louvre in Ruins that shows the once great gallery in total shambles.

The roof of the structure has caved in and there is rubble everywhere; with a few marble statues and bust still standing or laying on the ground in pieces.

There are people living within the ruins and others looking for anything of value and one artist sitting in the rubble as he draws an image of the last great statue of a time of greatness.

Grand Gallery of the Louvre in Ruins is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.

Below Info Derived From Wikipedia.org

Hubert Robert was born in Paris in 1733. His father, Nicolas Robert, was in the service of François-Joseph de Choiseul, marquis de Stainville a leading diplomat from Lorraine. Young Robert finished his studies with the Jesuits at the Collège de Navarre in 1751 and entered the atelier of the sculptor Michel-Ange Slodtz who taught him design and perspective but encouraged him to turn to painting. In 1754 he left for Rome in the train of Étienne-François de Choiseul, son of his father’s employer, who had been named French ambassador and would become a Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to Louis XV in 1758.

He spent fully eleven years in Rome, a remarkable length of time; after the young artist’s official residence at the French Academy in Rome ran out, he supported himself by works he produced for visiting connoisseurs like the abbé de Saint-Non, who took Robert to Naples in April 1760 to visit the ruins of Pompeii. The marquis de Marigny, director of the Bâtiments du Roi kept abreast of his development in correspondence with Natoire, director of the French Academy, who urged the pensionnaires to sketch out-of-doors, from nature: Robert needed no urging; drawings from his sketchbooks document his travels: Villa d’Este, Caprarola.

View of the Port of Rippeta in Rome, c. 1766, showing the Ancient Roman Pantheon next to an imaginary port

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