Painting and Sculpture in Rome in the Second Half of the 18th Century

Rome Painting & Sculpture Exhibition, Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
Rome Painting & Sculpture Exhibition, Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

In the second half of the 18th century Rome became the artistic centre of the new style usually described as Neoclassicism. It was mainly inspired by numerous excavations conducted in Rome, Tivoli, Pompeii and Herculaneum that brought new discoveries of ancient art. In that time prominent artists of different nationalities were active in Rome, including the Italians Giovanni Paolo Panini and Pompeo Girolamo Batoni, the Germans Anton Raphael Mengs and Jacob Philipp Hackert, the Frenchmen Jacques-Louis David and Hubert Robert, as well as the famopussculptors - the Frenchman Jean-Antoine Houdon and the Italian Antonio Canova.

The State Hermitage and other Russian museums boast a superb collection of high-quality art works created in Rome in the period. Of significance is the fact that many a story of their commission and purchase can be traced. On view are 49 paintings and 29 sculptures, not only from the Hermitage but also from the State Russian Museum, Pavlovsk State Museum Reserve and Gatchina State Museum Reserve.

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