Joseph Mallord William Turner

Vesuvius and Castel Sant’Elmo by Moonlight

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16013
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 51 a

Catalogue entry

As Turner’s inscription indicates this view of Vesuvius and the Castel Sant’Elmo was observed at night with the moon shining above Naples. The vista looks east with the hilltop Sant’Elmo fortress on the left and the smoking crater of the volcano visible in the distance beyond. The artist’s viewpoint is from a steep set of steps descending towards the sea, probably the Rampe or Gradini del Petraio which link the Vomero Hill west of Castel Sant’Elmo to the Chiaia waterfront.

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

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