Fan Design with Views of Mount Vesuvius and the Tomb of Virgil

Anonymous, Italian, 18th century Italian

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During the eighteenth century, it became increasingly popular among well-to-do families and artists to undertake the Grand Tour. Such journeys could stretch from several weeks to several years and would often include visits to multiple countries. Italy was a prime destination, with cities from Venice to Naples offering a plethora of historic architecture, famous artworks, and attractive land- and seascapes. A veritable industry of souvenirs was built to cater to the tastes of these early tourists. Hand-painted fans, like this one, commemorate the landscape and historic sites around Naples. Mount Vesuvius features frequently as a marvel of nature, both for its haunting presence as an active volcano and for the fertility it brings to the surrounding soil. In addition, this fan contains a depicting of Virgil's Tomb.

Fan Design with Views of Mount Vesuvius and the Tomb of Virgil, Anonymous, Italian, 18th century, Opaque watercolor on vellum

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