The Studio of an Antiquities Restorer in Rome (c.1783). Hubert Robert (French, 1733-1808). Oil on canvas. Toledo Museum of Art.
Here Robert incorporates ancient fluted columns and fragments of classical sculpture into an architectural fantasy of an art restorer’s studio. Most of the works depicted in the painting were real sculptures, such as the spotlighted reclining figure representing the Nile River and the standing figure of the philosopher Zeno of Elea. They would have been well known to the educated of the day.