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image Adam vol.57/64

Reference number

Adam vol.57/64

Purpose

Italy: Rome: ? Sant'Agnese fuori le Mura. View of a church with a simple pediment and tiled apse, having ancilliary buildings some of which are in domestic use. The church is probably Sant'Agnese fuori le Mura, Rome. The church is seen from the road with a villa in the distance.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 64

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, brown and blue washes164 x 255

Hand

Robert Adam

Verso

Pencil sketch of a vault with coffering, with a four-bay two-storied house on one side.

Notes

This view by Robert Adam shows the same pediment and apse as that shown in Adam vol.57/63, and presumably is another view of Sant'Agnese fuori le Mura in Rome from the Via Nomentana, with the Villa Nomentana in the distance. Neither drawing shows the church's campanile, but otherwise may be compared with the photograph of Sant'Agnese c.1900 in R. Krautheimer, Rome, Profile of a City, 312-1308, Princeton, 1980, fig.69. It is likely that both drawings were made when Adam was sketching the antique remains around Santa Costanza in 1756 (see Adam vol.57/52).

Level

Drawing

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