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image Adam vol.57/23

Reference number

Adam vol.57/23

Purpose

Italy: Baia: The Imperial Villa. View over the ruins of the imperial villa at Baia, with three vaulted niches in the foreground, and the Temple of Diana or Venus in the distance.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand Baia; in ink 23

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, brown and grey washes, with white and white chalk heightening, on grey paper; pencil framing line228 x 319 (trimmed)

Hand

Charles-Louis Clérisseau (attributed to)

Notes

This drawing attributed to Charles-Louis Clérisseau is one of several views made of the thermal complex at Baia; the others are by Robert Adam, see Adam vol.57/15 and 57/43, the latter a more pedestrian version of this view, depicting only the vaulted niches. The use of white chalk and the delicate cloud formations in this view are unlike Adam's style and closer to that of Clérisseau. This drawing demonstrates effectively the scattering of ruins of the original thermal establishments, which included the Temples of Venus, Diana and Mercury, and which are shown in the plan in Paoli, Avanzi Delle Antichita Esistenti a Pozzuoli Cuma e Baja, Naples, 1768, pl.XLII, pl.II.

Level

Drawing

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