• Ancient Thermae in the Monastery of Carmelites at Catania

    Artist:
    Hoüel, Jean-Pierre-Laurent. 1735-1813
    Technique:
    gouache and watercolour over traces of a pencil sketch
    Dimensions:
    28x41,5 cm

Hoüel, Jean-Pierre-Laurent. 1735-1813

Ancient Thermae in the Monastery of Carmelites at Catania

France, between 1776 and 1779

The well-known French artist Jean Hoüel spent more than four years in Italy, studying its natural sights and artistic monuments, The result of that journey was a unique series of (more than 500) pictures that were used as the basis for 264 engravings in a four-volume publication Voyage pittoresque des isles de Sicile, de Malte et de Lipari… (Paris 1782–87). One of the pictures shows the interiors of ancient thermae – public baths built during the late Roman period. The ruins were later incorporated into the complex of a Carmelite convent. Among the Roman baths that still exist in the Catania area, the Terme dell’Indirizzo, as they are now known, are in the best state of preservation and accessible to the public.

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Ancient Thermae in the Monastery of Carmelites at Catania

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gouache and watercolour over traces of a pencil sketch

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28x41,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1781; purchased from the artist for Empress Catherine II by F.M. Grimm

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ОР-3908

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