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image Adam vol.57/27

Reference number

Adam vol.57/27

Purpose

Italy: Baia: ? 'Temple of Venus'. View of the interior of a ruined temple, probably that of Venus at Baia, showing the dome and window openings. In the foreground is a tree and vegetation.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand Baia; in ink 27

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1755.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on grey paper, overlaid with grey and brown washes, heightened with white chalk and lead white, oxidised; pencil framing line238 x 323 (trimmed)

Hand

Charles-Louis Clérisseau

Notes

There is another view of this temple by Robert Adam (see Adam vol.57/14), taken from much the same viewpoint as this view by Charles-Louis Clérisseau, although there are significant differences in the handling of the foreground vegetation and lower ruins, and in the use of white heightening for the clouds. Apart from the more elaborate technique employed, this view demonstrates Clérisseau's greater compositional and atmospheric abilities.A view of the same temple by Cunego after Clérisseau was published in London in 1766, as part of a set of fourteen prints.

Level

Drawing

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