Sir John Soane's Museum Drawings

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Purpose:View or capriccio, possibly showing the dome of St Peter's, Rome and the Vatican Gardens from the direction of the Piazza d'Armi, with arcaded ruins and domestic buildings in the foreground.

Aspect

Perspective

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink 55

Dated/date range

Undated, probably 1755 or 1756.

Medium/Support/Size

Pen, brown and grey washes

182 x 300

Hand

Robert Adam

Reference

Adam vol.57/55

Notes

The large dome with its cupola and column niches to the drum may be that of Michelangelo's St Peter's, and the viewpoint is possibly taken from beyond the Porta Fabbricia, from the Orso Inceronati. There is another, clearer view of the dome from much the same viewpoint in the Clerk Collection, Scotland (Clerk 97), although the arrangement of the foreground is different. The invented composition of this drawing probably places it better in the category of a capriccio than a topographical view.

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Date

01 12 2006

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