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Hubert Robert and French Garden Culture

The Oak Room, Fellowship House, 1700 Wisconsin Avenue NW
September 27, 2016
09:15 AM to 05:30 PM
Fully Booked
Garden and Landscape Studies Colloquium

The Garden and Landscape Studies annual fall colloquium is a collaboration between Dumbarton Oaks and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art. In conjunction with the exhibition Hubert Robert, 1733–1808, on view at the National Gallery from June 26 to October 2, 2016, Dumbarton Oaks will host a one-day colloquium in the Oak Room of the Fellowship House, 1700 Wisconsin Avenue NW. The colloquium will include a series of presentations on Robert’s work and its artistic and cultural contexts. We are particularly interested in highlighting Robert’s contributions to landscape architecture and garden design in the second half of the eighteenth century, important aspects of his activities that are often overlooked in discussions of his other artistic output.


  • Sarah Catala (Université Lille III), "Hubert Robert and the Amateurs: From ‘Educating the Eye’ to Composing the Landscape"
  • Gabriel Wick (University of London, Queen Mary), “Between Artifact and Artifice: Hubert Robert and the Mise-en-Scène of History in the Aristocratic Garden”
  • Joseph Disponzio (New York City, Department of Parks and Recreation), “Neither Painter nor Gardner Be: Hubert Robert and Eighteenth-Century French Picturesque Garden Theory”
  • Susan Taylor Leduc (Parsons Paris), "Designing in Rock: Hubert Robert and the Politics of the French Picturesque"
  • Elizabeth Hyde (Kean University), “‘Such Things as Would Enrich France,’ or Planting the Eighteenth-Century French Garden”
  • John Pinto (Princeton University), “Robert des Ruines: Landscape and Antiquity”


ubert Robert, The Water Theater of the Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati, ca. 1762. Albertina, Vienna.