Louis Jean Desprez / The Temple of Isis at Pompeii / 1788Louis Jean Desprez
The Temple of Isis at Pompeii

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Creator Name: Desprez, Louis Jean
Creator Role: hand-colored by
Creator Dates/Places: 1743 - 1804
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Lyon
Creator Death Place: Stockholm
Creator Name-CRT: Louis Jean Desprez
Creator Name: Piranesi, Francesco
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Role: etched by
Creator Dates/Places: 1758 - 1810
Creator Birth Place: Rome
Creator Death Place: Paris
Creator Name-CRT: Francesco Piranesi
Title: The Temple of Isis at Pompeii
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1788
Creation End Date: 1788
Creation Date: 1788
Object Type: Prints
Classification Term: Print
Materials and Techniques: etching, hand-colored with watercolor
Dimensions: Sheet: 47.7cm x 69.6cm, Secondary Support: 59.2cm x 81.3cm
Inscriptions: signed in black ink on decorative margin, lower margin:Desprez
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 2001.19
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html
Provenance: Hill-Stone, New York, NY

Desprez, trained as a stage designer and architect, was a talented watercolorist. He collaborated with Francesco Piranesi-the son of the more celebrated printmaker Giovanni Piranesi (1720-1778)-by drawing views of Naples, Rome, and Pompeii which Piranesi etched. Desprez then completed the prints with watercolor. The scene of tourists enjoying the ruins at Pompeii demonstrates how interest in antiquity had been augmented by the archaeological excavations at Herculaneum (1737) and Pompeii (1748). The discovery of homes, furnishings, and personal artifacts revealed the domestic aspects of ancient life.

AMICA ID: CMA_.2001.19
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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