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Maker(s):Granet, François-Marius
Culture:French (1775 - 1849)
Title:Figures Under a Vault
Date Made:1825
Type:Drawing
Materials:Watercolor with pen and black ink on cream wove paper trimmed to image size and mounted on paper
Place Made:France
Measurements:sheet/image: 8 15/16 x 7 9/16 in.; 22.7013 x 19.2088 cm; mount: 11 1/2 x 9 15/16 in.; 29.21 x 25.2413 cm
Narrative Inscription:  signed and dated in black ink mid right edge: Granet / 1825
Accession Number:  SC 1998.19
Credit Line:Purchased with the Diane Allen Nixon, class of 1957, Fund and the Elizabeth Halsey Dock, class of 1933, Fund
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art
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Description:
series of large stone arches with two figures at lower left image, one seated playing an instrument and the other in a dark cloak and hat walking by seated figure

Label Text:
Label text for ARH 240 French and Italian Drawings Renaissance through Romanticism, written by Ellen Monroe, class of 2015:

This highly finished watercolor bridges the gap between drawing and painting. As a work on paper, it falls under the care of the Cunningham Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, but Granet’s use of watercolor, a wet medium, as well as his use of color, make this piece look more like a painting than a drawing. The subject matter is typical of Granet in its depiction of a vaulted structure. The figures are dwarfed by the architecture that dominates the composition. Granet sold many romantic views like this as souvenirs of Rome.

Tags:
exterior; architecture; men; costume; vegetation

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