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View of an Etruscan Tomb
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View of an Etruscan Tomb

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Description The character of the Etruscan tomb shown here, which may be an imaginary reconstruction using the earlier drawings as an "aide-mémoire," similarly reflects Labrouste's interests. Although Labrouste does not include any of the wall paintings commonly found in such tombs, he does emphasize how the basic shape of the tomb and its decorative detail- particularly the striped freeze and the painted lintel above the door-worked together to create a unified space. The placement of the sarcophagi along the walls and the vases and other ceramic items underscores the orientation of the structure toward the steep steps that lead the visitor up and out of the tomb and into the Italian countryside. The placement of the light in the scene, which gradates from an extremely dark foreground to a light background, further enhances the shape, size, and direction of the room.
Date Description Narrative
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined for exhibition; repaired; re-housed; mounted; other
  • The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
Provenance Didier Aaron, Inc., New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1999, by purchase.
Inscriptions "T. Labrouste. 1849" in black ink, lower left; "100f" in graphite at upper right, verso; "Alexandre [illegible]amy" in red ink stamp, upper left, verso; "tombes Etrusques" in graphite at bottom center, verso
Credit Museum purchase, 1999

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watercolor over graphite underdrawing on slightly textured, moderately thick, cream wove paper
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 5 9/16 x W: 6 11/16 in. (14.1 x 17 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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