View of Santa Maria Maggiore
Signed and inscribed in graphite below at center, Ingres à Adele.
Graphite, pen and brown ink, brown wash
7 1/8 x 9 9/16 inches (182 x 243 mm)
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.