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Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples from a Cave

1820
(German, 1787–1856)
Sheet: 26.9 x 37.9 cm (10 9/16 x 14 15/16 in.); Secondary Support: 27.5 x 37.9 cm (10 13/16 x 14 15/16 in.)
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Mount Vesuvius was almost continuously active at the time that Adolf von Heydeck visited Naples, and erupted just two years after this drawing was completed.

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Adolf von Heydeck worked in Rome and later traveled south to Naples. This drawing presents that city’s most distinctive attraction: Mount Vesuvius, an active volcano that appears against an otherwise calm sky. Von Heydeck portrayed the scene from within a cave interior, contrasting the potentially overwhelming force of nature with the illusion of protection offered by distance and enclosed space.
Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples from a Cave

Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples from a Cave

1820

Adolf von Heydeck

(German, 1787–1856)
Germany, 19th century

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