View of Santa Maria Maggiore
Signed and inscribed in graphite below at center, Ingres à Adele.
Like many foreign artists in Rome, Ingres explored and sketched local monuments, such as St. Peter's Basilica, the Palazzo Barberini, and Santa Maria Maggiore. This drawing was likely executed in a sketchbook that he carried with him to a favorite vantage point on the Esquiline Hill. He precisely rendered the church facade, also noting an exiting procession.