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Giovanni Battista Borra, 1713–1770, Italian

View of the Ruined Baths at Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli

Additional Title(s):

Terme Rovinate nella Villa d'Adriano a Tivoli

ca. 1750
Gray wash with black and brown ink over graphite on moderately thick, moderately textured, beige laid paper
Sheet: 15 x 21 5/16 inches (38.1 x 54.1 cm) and Image: 9 1/4 x 14 1/2 inches (23.5 x 36.8 cm)

Inscribed in brown ink, lower center: "TERME ROVINATE NELLA VILLA D'ADRIANO A TIVOLI"

signed in brown ink, lower left: "Borra Archus. Del."; not dated

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawing & Watercolors-Architectural
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
arches | architectural subject | bushes | hills | landscape | mountains | public bath | rocks (landforms) | ruins | trees
Associated Places:
Hadrian's Villa | Italy | Lazio | Roma | Tivoli
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Of the group of ninety-eight drawings in the Yale Center for British Art by the Piedmontese architect, engineer, and draftsman Giovanni Battista Borra, most are of the site in Asia Minor the he visited as a draftsman to Robert Wood's archaeological expedition (see also cats. 59 and 118). However, the drawings do include some views of Rome and Tivoli, presumably also derived from sketches made in the company of Wood. The summer palace of the emperor Hadrian, built between 118 and 134 A.D., was from the time of the Renaissance a source of fascination and inspiration for classical scholars, architects, and artists. Robert Woods in a diary entry described Hadrian's Villa as "this immense heap of ruins, which show nothing but such magnificent confusion and disorder as will admit of no regular description: the remains of the palace, naumachia, amphitheatre, theatre, temples, etc., covering a circumference of nearly six miles."

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