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Drawing, Surtout de Table (Centerpiece) with the Temple of Isis in Pompeii, ca. 1800

This is a Drawing. It was workshop of Giuseppe Valadier. It is dated ca. 1800 and we acquired it in 1938. Its medium is pen and ink, brush and watercolor on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This drawing shows ruins, such as the amphitheater, basilica, and classical statuary from Pompeii, and other classical motifs. Arranged like the Circus Maximus in Rome, the design is an indication of the great debt that neo-classicism owed to the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy during the 18th century. It may have been intended as a tabletop of Pompeiian models made by architects aimed at a northern tourist on the Grand Tour, who would want to collect architectural models of ancient ruins.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.

Its dimensions are

41.2 × 101.8 cm (16 1/4 × 40 1/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Drawing, Surtout de Table (Centerpiece) with the Temple of Isis in Pompeii, ca. 1800; Workshop of Giuseppe Valadier (Italian, 1762–1839); pen and ink, brush and watercolor on paper; 41.2 × 101.8 cm (16 1/4 × 40 1/16 in.); Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund; 1938-88-4150

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