Monday, November 12, 2012

Caspar van Wittel - Dockyard at Naples

Panoramic view of the dockyard at Naples

View of the dockyard at Naples, by Caspar (Jasper, Gasper, Gaspar, Gaspare) van Wittel (Vanvitelli)  (Amersfoort (1652/3 - Rome 1736). Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, ca. 1700-1718).

The royal palace is visible on the left, and the Castel Nuovo on the right. They are joined by the still existing arches, over which the Certosa di San Martino monastry looms in the distance.

Approximately the same location today.

next episode: a camp


  1. At the age of this painting Naples was the biggest town inside the territory of present "Republic of Italy".
    Here are the top 5 at the age of the census in 1911.

    Naples 563,000
    Milan 490,000
    Rome 464,000
    Palermo 330,000
    Turin 305,000

    Nowadays Naples-city is the third one, after Rome and Milan, which enjoyed particular helps in the Fascist age (Rome, 1930s) and after WWII (Milan, 1950s-1960s).


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