For an 18th-century painter, Hubert Robert certainly has a remarkably deft touch with fantastical landscapes. Based on the title of this painting, I don’t think he was going for an “after the apocalypse” look, but he certainly hit that nail on the head. It’s images like these that plant the seeds of stories in my mind. Here we see gondolas plying the waters of a massive ruined temple, an assortment of people wandering through the forest of towering columns. Do they wonder about the origin of this crumbling edifice? Or is it long-forgotten, some ancient king or emperor in the distant past constructing a holy structure to demonstrate his might? Color me intrigued. Check out more Hubert Robert here.