28 Aug '16, 6am

The Temple of Philosophy at Ermenonville by Hubert Robert, 1733-1808.

The gardens at Ermenoville in the Oise were begun in 1766 by the gardener Thomas Blaikie and architect Jean-Marie Morel; Robert was commissioned to design many of the outbuildings and follies (fabriques ) one of which was the Temple de la Philosophie . The Temple still survives (see Literature, Cayeux 1987, p. 161). The design of the temple as shown here reflects the lessons learned during Robert's ten-year long stay in Italy. The Temple of Philosophy is based on the Temple of Sibyl at Tivoli. Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart (1739-1813) owned a smaller replica of the present painting, which was sold in the sale of his possessions in Paris, 27 March 1792 (see Literature, Cayeux 1987, p. 150). Brongniart was an architect who later took over the revitalization of the Sèvres manufactories for Napoleon. He was buried in Père Lachaise which he designed in 1804 when he was Chief of...

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