16 Mar 2010

David Roberts

The magnetic bookmark from England. On the bookmark the fragment of the oil painting "The Ruins of the Temple of the Sun at Baalbec" (1861) by David Roberts.

David Roberts (1796 – 1864) was a Scottish painter. He is especially known for a prolific series of detailed prints of Egypt and the Near East that he produced during the 1840s from sketches he made during long tours of the region. This work, and his large oil paintings of similar subjects, made him a prominent Orientalist painter.
David Roberts sailed for Egypt in 1838, where he spent several months sketching, writing letters and diaries, and exploring the ancient temples and tombs.

He was greatly revived by the splendour of the ruins and the richness of Baalbec temples. He spent the next few days making a number of studies of the three temples from various angles. The debris of these temples deeply inspired Roberts, who celebrated the magnificent decadence of the Hellenistic monument in numerous sketches and drawings.

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