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Ref  NN2  Capriccio

An enamel miniature portrait executed in grisaille tones, set to a gold mount, circa 1760. The scene is a capriccio -
a semi-fictitious, picturesque depiction of Italian ruins. This capriccio is a fanciful depiction of the ruins at Tivoli, after Hubert Robert, with a temple, a waterfall and figures in a landscape. During the 18th century it became fashionable for young aristocrats to visit Paris, Venice, Florence, and above all Rome as the culmination of their classical education. Thus was born the idea of the Grand Tour, which was both educational and a social rite of passage amongst the nobility. Grand tourists visited excavations at sites such as Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Tivoli, and purchased souvenirs of their visit, such as this pendant. The pendant measures 1 and 1/3 by 1 and 1/8 inches and is beautifully executed on such a miniature scale and immaculate.

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A typical Hubert Robert capriccio of Tivoli

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