Past Exhibition

Design for the Arch of Trajan in Ancona

Workshop of Luigi Valadier (1726–1785)
Design for the Arch of Trajan in Ancona, ca. 1778
Pen, ink, and watercolor on paper
17 1/4 × 11 1/8 in. (437 × 283 mm)
Museo Napoleonico, Rome
© Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali — Museo Napoleonico

The design for this triumphal arch is based on the ancient Arch of Trajan in Ancona. Valadier created a reduction of the arch for the deser of the Bailli de Breteuil. Some of the decoration shown in the drawing — some rosettes and the equestrian statuette and trophies at its top in gilt bronze — is no longer present on the arch of the deser.