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  • Interior of the Choir in the Capuchin Church on Piazza Barberini in Rome

    Artist:
    Granet, François-Marius. 1775-1849
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    174,5x126,5 cm

Granet, François-Marius. 1775-1849

Interior of the Choir in the Capuchin Church on Piazza Barberini in Rome

France, 1818

Interiors of churches and monastic gardens were a common theme in paintings by Granet, a pupil of the Neoclassicist David and a friend of Ingres. The painter used this subject about 15 times and was nicknamed "the artist of Capuchins". Granet used the "romantic" device of the collision of two opposing movements: the bright stream of light which falls from the depths of the painting onto the viewer, and the diagonal perspective lines of the interior - the planks of the floor, the walls and benches - which seem to strain towards the open window. The contrasts of light and shade create a mystical atmosphere. It seems that silence reigns in the picture. It was no accident that Granet introduced in some of his pictures, depicting monks in interiors or in a cave, the word "Silentium".

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Interior of the Choir in the Capuchin Church on Piazza Barberini in Rome

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oil

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174,5x126,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1821; a gift to Alexander I from the artist

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-1322

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