Le Tombeau d'Adrien ou Chateau St Ange

Description

A group of fishermen and women with two children fish on the banks of the Tiber, with the Ponte Sant’Angelo and Hadrian’s Tomb (Castel Sant'Angelo), a symbol of Imperial Rome, in the background. 

Swiss painter Abraham-Louis-Rodolphe Ducros, who lived in Rome from 1777 to 1792, specialised in producing views of the city and its surroundings for the Grand Tour market. His works are characterised by a precise depiction of topographical details and by a sense of the grandiosity of Roman architecture that reveals Piranesi’s influence. Grand Tour travellers often found Roman street life as interesting as the remains of the city’s glorious past, which provide the setting for the picturesque scene in the foreground of this view from the King’s Topographical Collection.

Full title:
Le Tombeau d'Adrien ou Chateau St Ange. / Ducros et Volpato fc.
Published:
1780-1789, Rome
Publisher:  
Giovanni Volpato
Format:
Etching / Hand colouring / Watercolour / Gouache / View
Creator:
Giovanni Volpato, Abraham Louis Rodolphe Ducros
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Maps K.Top.81.43.g.

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