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The Remains of the Roman Forum

David Roberts

1861

Roberts was widely admired for his architectural views. His many sketches, drawn during extensive travels throughout Europe and the Near East, served as the basis for numerous works upon his return home. Here the ruins of the Roman Forum, the political and religious center of ancient Rome, are dramatically rendered. Although the details of the individual ruins are precisely depicted, Roberts has taken liberties with their placement; he has slightly rearranged them to better serve his composition.

  • Titles The Remains of the Roman Forum (Proper)
  • Artist David Roberts, Scotland, 1796 - 1864
  • Medium oil on canvas
  • Dimensions 23 1/2 x 47 1/2 in. (59.7 x 120.7 cm) frame: 37 3/8 × 61 1/2 × 5 in. (94.9 × 156.2 × 12.7 cm)
  • Credit Line Museum purchase with donations provided by the J. A. Vann Charitable Trust in memory of Mr. and Mrs. James Allen Vann, 1984.73
  • Work Type painting
  • Classification Paintings