A Storm off a Rocky Coast

Image credit: Compton Verney

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Although this is almost certainly not an exact topographical view, it recalls the rocky coastline near Naples. We see a shipwreck, and the address on the trunk pulled ashore bears the name of the original destination: Naples, the largest port on the Mediterranean. Some members of the crew swim for shore, while others pull survivors from the sea. Bonavia may have been of Roman origin, but his career was spent entirely in Naples, where he enjoyed success with both foreign visitors and local collectors. With its stormy atmosphere and impressive scale, this is one of his finest works.

Compton Verney

Compton Verney

Title

A Storm off a Rocky Coast

Date

1757

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 163 x W 235 cm

Accession number

CVCSC:0212.S

Work type

Painting

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