The Bay of Naples with Vesuvius in the Background

Artist: Christen Købke (Danish, Copenhagen 1810–1848 Copenhagen)

Date: 1825–48

Medium: Graphite with graphite framing line

Dimensions: sheet: 10 13/16 x 15 9/16 in. (27.5 x 39.5 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Purchase, Guy Wildenstein Gift, 2003

Accession Number: 2003.179


Købke is regarded as the most important painter of Denmark's golden age, although his career was cut short by his early death at the age of thirty-eight. His most ambitious compositions were inspired by the German artist Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840) and thus include grandly Romantic land- and seascapes. The Museum's drawing is closely related to a painting (Toledo Museum of Art) that Købke completed after a two-year sojourn in Italy.