Castel Sant'Elmo from Chiaia, Naples

Alexandre Hyacinthe Dunouy French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 806

Dunouy spent the years 1810–15 in Naples at the behest of its queen, Napoleon’s sister Caroline Murat. Royal patronage enhanced his reputation and it is probable that this modestly-sized painting was intended for sale to a well-to-do visitor to the city. An inscription on the back suggests that an early owner was a member of the Barre family of engravers, medalists, and sculptors, who belonged to the cultivated milieu of the Monnaie de Paris, the French government institution charged with the minting of coins and medals.

Castel Sant'Elmo from Chiaia, Naples, Alexandre Hyacinthe Dunouy (French, Paris 1757–1841 Jouy-en-Josas), Oil on paper, laid down on canvas

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