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25 Sept 2020

From the sublime to the ridiculous?

Written by Emma Inglis (Curator South West)
A painted scene with a rugged hillside in the foreground, rising higher on the right, dotted with trees and ochre coloured Italian houses that are lit by the sun. A dusty brown road winds from right to left. Men and women dressed in peasant clothes walk along the road. The hillside gives way in the middle ground to a curved bay filled with blue water and edged on the left hand side by the impression of streets full of light brown houses. In the background is a scene of two, grey, peaked mountains. The one on the right has smoke coming from the top, seen against a light blue sky.
The Gulf of Naples from Posillipo, c1850
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