John Flaxman The Evolution of Religious Architecture, after Le Moine and Michelinot ?c.1810

Artwork details

Artist
John Flaxman 1755–1826
Title
The Evolution of Religious Architecture, after Le Moine and Michelinot
Date ?c.1810
Medium Graphite and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 387 x 270 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T10193
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Flaxman was the son of a sculptor and he became one of the foremost European neo-classical sculptors of his day. In 1810 he was appointed the first Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy. This drawing is a tracing from a book published in Paris in 1770, 'Les Ruines des plus beaux monuments de la Grece'. The book with its views of ancient Greek buildings was very influential in spreading the taste for the neo-classical style in the eighteenth century. The tracing was probably made by Flaxman as part of his background research for the Academy lectures which he delivered annually from 1811.

September 2004