• Ancient Palace (or Temple) on a Hill near Cefalu

    Artist:
    Hoüel, Jean-Pierre-Laurent. 1735-1813
    Technique:
    gouache, outlined with brush in grey wash
    Dimensions:
    28x41 cm

Hoüel, Jean-Pierre-Laurent. 1735-1813

Ancient Palace (or Temple) on a Hill near Cefalu

France, between 1776 and 1779

Houel is best known as the author of preparatory sketches and engravings with an explanatory text to the four-volume publication A Picturesque Voyage Through the Isles of Sicily, Malta and Lipari, Which Deals with the Antiquities to Still Be Found There, the Principal Phenomena Offered by Nature, the Costume of the Inhabitants, and Some Customs... (Voyage pittoresque des isles de Sicile, de Malte et de Lipari... ; Paris, 1782-87). The Hermitage possesses 264 of over 500 sketches Houel produced during his four-year tour of Southern Italy between 1776 and 1779. These works are of unique historical and ethnographical value. This work shows the ruins of some ancient building near Cefalu, site of a Greek town in ancient times. Houel could not identify the purpose of the building but he revealed his archaeological interests in the careful working up of the roughly hewn boulders of varying sizes and shapes. The small human figures were simply intended to emphasize the scale of the structure and enliven the landscape.

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Ancient Palace (or Temple) on a Hill near Cefalu

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gouache, outlined with brush in grey wash

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28x41 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1781; purchased from the artist for Empress Catherine II by F.M. Grimm

Inventory Number:

ОР-4130

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