Luxury Design, Past & Present
Circle of Abraham-Louis Ducros (1748-1810), the four watercolors include 'The temples at Paestum' and 'The tomb of Cecilia Metella in Rome', along with 'Herculaneum's gate at Pompeii' and 'The Tomb of Mamia in Pompeii'. Measurements include frame.
Wonderfully fresh and vivid yet with a restrained palette of mostly green, blue and grey tones, these Romantic scenes of ancient sites imbued with an atmosphere of nostalgic longing for antiquity are characteristic of art from the age of the Grand Tour. Beginning in the middle of the 18th century, excavations of ancient sites sparked a revival of interest in classical civilization and art unprecedented in its elegiac feeling. Not only of interest to scholars and artists, visiting these sites became a rite of passage for most young noblemen. From 1750 onwards many artists such as Giovanni Battista and Francesco Piranesi, Jean Louis Deprez, and Abraham Louis Rodolphe Ducros tried their hand at portraying the picturesque ruins and temples in order to meet the rising demand of an educated public.