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View of the Bay of Naples

Gabriele Ricciardelli was one of several Neapolitan artists of the eighteenth century who specialized in panoramic views of the city, catering to a growing market of visitors on the Grand Tour. This sweeping view of the Bay of Naples, with smoke rising from Mount Vesuvius in the background, depicts most of the city’s major monuments, including the Castel dell’Ovo jutting into the bay and the Castel Saint’Elmo perched on Monte Vomero above the city.

Attributed to Gabriele Ricciardelli
Italian, active from ca. 1741‒died 1777
View of the Bay of Naples
1743
Oil on canvas
26 x 72 5/8 in. (66.0 x 184.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Morton and Marie Bradley Memorial Collection, 74.80