Rome has always offered a fount of inspiration for Joel: “From the time that I first visited Rome for several months in 1969-70 after college, I realized that Rome has the spectacle of western culture from Early Roman, Imperial Rome, early Christianity—and the revival of the classical idea of painting, sculpture and architecture in Renaissance and Baroque and Neoclassical forms. I began to think of it not as a late 20th century city, but as an artistic creation out of time, suspended in some transcendent place. It was in Rome that I decided to try to become an artist and not pursue a career in art history.”
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Collection of the artist
(verso of panel) Joel Babb / From the Botanical Gardens – Palazzo Corsini, Rome, 2010
Illustrated on page 21 of the Vose Galleries exhibition catalogue
Lyric Suite: An Easel in the Landscape, New Works by Joel Babb, Vose Galleries, Boston, October 9 – November 17, 2012