A Prospect of the Bay of Naples

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2015 oil on canvas 60 x 50ins (150 x 123cm)

A present day traveller standing in the garden of the Villa Floridiana and looking out over the bay would recognise something of the view but the painting is in fact a synthesis of many different viewpoints and heavily edited for compositional reasons. Vesuvius has unaccountably migrated about ten kilometres south for instance. But the Castel DÕOvo would still be there, projecting out from the shore more or less in its right place.