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The Festival of the Madonna dell'Arco

Photo credit: Compton Verney

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Fabris painted this canvas for the British envoy in Naples, Sir William Hamilton. He hung the work in an anteroom to the gallery of his Neapolitan home, Palazzo Sessa. The festival of the Madonna dell’Arco was held on Easter Monday at the sanctuary of the Madonna dell’Arco (seen on the right). The sanctuary housed the miraculous image of the Madonna which was believed to have saved it from destruction during the eruption of Vesuvius in 1631.

Compton Verney

Compton Verney




oil on canvas


H 102.6 x W 153.7 cm

Accession number

CVCSC : 0301.S

Acquisition method

purchased, 2003

Work type


Inscription description

signed and dated : Fabris p. 1777

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Compton Verney

Compton Verney, Warwickshire CV35 9HZ England

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