The Grotto of Posillipo, Naples

Gustaf Söderberg Swedish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 806

The Grotto of Posillipo is actually a nearly half-mile-long tunnel that was cut through the rocky promontory separating Naples from the town of Posillipo in the first century. It became an icon of the Grand Tour in the eighteenth century, in part because of its proximity to Virgil’s Tomb, which is situated above it.
Söderberg was the first Swedish painter to take up plein-air painting, which he learned from the French landscapist Achille-Etna Michallon. He made this study during their journey to southern Italy and Sicily in 1820; in a letter dated April 8, Söderberg mentions that he had visited the Grotto that morning.

The Grotto of Posillipo, Naples, Gustaf Söderberg (Swedish, Norrköping 1799–1875 Stockholm), Oil on paper, laid down on Masonite

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