Jean-Pierre-Laurent Houel

Ruins of the Ancient City of Tindari

Ruins of the Ancient City of Tindari
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Author: Jean-Pierre-Laurent Houel
Landscape, Drawings, Brush, gouache and grey wash, 30x42 cm
Origin: France, Between 1776 and 1779

Houel is best known as the author of preparatory sketches and engravings with an explanatory text to the multi-volume publication A Picturesque Voyage Through the Isles of Sicily, Malta and Lipari, Which deals with the Antiquities to still be found there, the principal phenomena offered by Nature, the Costume of the Inhabitants, and some customs... . The Hermitage possesses 264 of over 500 sketches Houel produced during his tour of Southern Italy between 1776 and 1779.

The Greek town of Tindaris was founded by the tyrant of Syracuse, Dionysius I, in 396 BC. Houel's here combines objective precision in the depiction of a specific location with an emotional perception of the grandiose majesty of nature.

Source of entry: acquired for Catherine II from the author, 1782/1783
Theme: Architecture

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