This exhibition was on display from October 07, 2005 to January 08, 2006.

There were 38 objects in this exhibition but right now we can only show you 31 of them. Some objects may not be viewable because they were on loan; this might be due to issues involving image rights or simply because there is no digitized image for the objects.

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The exhibition showcases a selection of works from the museum’s extensive collection of 18th century European drawings and prints, featuring fantastical, unrealized architectural designs inspired by the artifacts of ancient Rome. Prompted by reports of archaeological findings, 18th century artists and writers traveled to Rome to see the excavated monuments, sculptures, and relics of the past and capture their majesty on paper. The works evoke 18th century Europe’s obsession with the grandeur of Rome and create a visual resource that can be appreciated both for its beauty and its relevance for scholars and designers today.

  • Mount (France), ca. 1780
  • stamped, cast, and chased gilt bronze.
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council.
  • 1909-25-18
  • Drawing, Ruin Fantasy, ca. 1762
  • brush and black, gray wash, black chalk on cream laid paper.
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council.
  • 1911-28-505
  • Dish (Italy), ca. 1780
  • glazed porcelain, overglaze enameling and gilding.
  • Bequest of Erskine Hewitt.
  • 1938-57-446-a