design for the grande galerie in the louvre

Design for the Grande Galerie in the Louvre (1796). Hubert Robert (French, 1733-1808). Oil on canvas. Musée du Louvre.

Robert painted many views, both real and imaginary, of the Grande Galerie. When he painted this picture, it was nothing but an interminably long corridor, lit only by side windows. The architects who were later responsible for the lighting and redecoration incorporated Robert’s ideas. Several of the masterpieces of the museum can be recognized, notably Raphael’s Holy Family of François I and Titian’s Entombment.

Design for the Grande Galerie in the Louvre (1796),
Hubert Robert (French, 1733-1808),
Oil on canvas. Musée du Louvre


“Robert painted many views, both real and imaginary, of the Grande Galerie. When he painted this picture, it was nothing but an interminably long corridor, lit only by side windows. The architects who were later responsible for the lighting and redecoration incorporated Robert’s ideas. Several of the masterpieces of the museum can be recognized, notably Raphael’s Holy Family of François I and Titian’s Entombment.”