Virgil's Tomb, Naples

Franz Ludwig Catel German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 806

The iconic view of Naples as seen through the cleft between Virgil’s Tomb at the left and the rocky outcropping at the right was a principal attraction of the Grand Tour. Catel used this plein-air sketch as the basis for a larger composition (Museum Folkwang, Essen) that features a dog and two human figures, one of whom might be the Russian state official Prince Alexander Nikolaevich Golitsyn, who accompanied the artist on a trip to southern Italy in 1818.

Virgil's Tomb, Naples, Franz Ludwig Catel (German, Berlin 1778–1856 Rome), Oil on paper, laid down on canvas

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