Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds
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Friday, March 1, 2013

Eye Candy for Today: Hubert Robert’s Hermit

Posted by Charley Parker at 7:50 pm

A Hermit Praying in the Ruins of a Roman Temple, Hubert Robert
A Hermit Praying in the Ruins of a Roman Temple, Hubert Robert.

On Google Art Project, click in lower right of image for zoom controls.

Original is in the Getty Museum. On the museum’s site they suggest Robert may have taken inspiration for the monumental scale of the temple from the prints of his contemporary Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

4 comments for Eye Candy for Today: Hubert Robert’s Hermit »

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  1. Comment by Mark P
    Saturday, March 2, 2013 @ 1:09 am

    what wonderful greens, tells a story well and is a magical if whimsical scene…I find myself desirous of this hermit’s life…and mode of housing.

    again, what lovely bright greens used. you have a fine eye thanks for sharing the pics/link.

  2. Comment by Charley Parker
    Saturday, March 2, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    Thanks, Mark. I love how painterly it is when viewed up close, as Google Art Project permits with their high res images.

  3. Comment by James Morse
    Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    I was just at the Getty and saw this. If I remember correctly, one of the terms describing it was “comical”.

    I do not agree. To me, it is a tribute to the humble power of Christianity (Catholic in this case) compared to the ruins of empires built by man. The women represent the torments, ridicule, and disrespect of the secular society. The woman with the branch is trying to disrupt the hermit’s praying; the 3 women (a mob) are trying to steal flowers meant to honor the Virgin Mary and infant Jesus.

    Don’t forget that the anti-Catholics of the French Revolution tried to kill Robert for his views.

  4. Comment by Charley Parker
    Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

    Thanks, James. I wasn’t aware of backstory for the painting, I just thought it beautifully painted.

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