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Past Exhibition

Design for the Side, Horizontal, and Vertical Sections of the Arch of Trajan in Ancona

Workshop of Luigi Valadier (1726–1785)
Design for the Side, Horizontal, and Vertical Sections of the Arch of Trajan in Ancona, ca. 1778
Pen, ink, and watercolor on paper
17 1/2 x 11 1/4 in. (445 x 286 mm)
Museo Napoleonico, Rome
© Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali — Museo Napoleonico

In addition to sketching a frontal view of the Arch of Trajan for the deser of the Bailli de Breteuil (both the sketch and the arch are on display in the exhibition), Valadier’s workshop also made a drawing that shows the arch from its side, as well as a plan and a section of it. Similar drawings probably existed for most of the architectural reductions of the deser.