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image Adam vol.57/157

Reference number

Adam vol.57/157

Purpose

Italy: Rome: ? Villa Madama on the Monte Mario. View of a wooded hillside showing part of a single-storey villa on a high basement with a loggia facing a garden, supported by a series of arcades.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 157

Signed and dated

  • Undated, possibly 1756.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and grey wash; pencil framing line163 x 246

Hand

Robert Adam

Notes

This drawing may be an oblique view of the sixteenth-century Villa Madama on the Monte Mario, Rome, with the arcading that forms the edge of the fishponds. Robert Adam's drawing can be compared with the engraving by Giuseppe Vasi taken from a similar viewpoint (see G. Vasi, Delle Magnificenze di Roma Antica e Moderna, Rome, 1761, pl.185). According to Fleming, Robert Adam '... took careful drawings of Renaissance buildings ... ', which in 1756 included the Villa Madama (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.203). A view of much the same elevation, but in greater detail and attributed to Charles-Louis Clérisseau, is in the Clerk Collection, Scotland (Clerk 20).

Level

Drawing

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