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The Grotto at Pozzuoli, Italy, with Virgil's Tomb

Photo credit: Compton Verney

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The Grotto at Pozzuoli was a 700-metre-long tunnel built by the Roman emperor Coccius Nerva, which linked Naples with nearby Pozzuoli. It was believed to be the burial place of the Roman poet, Virgil, and his tomb can be seen to the left of the entrance to the grotto. Van Wittel painted this composition over ten times in order to satisfy popular demand.

Compton Verney

Compton Verney




oil on canvas


H 49 x W 64.2 cm

Accession number

CVCSC : 0206.S

Acquisition method

purchased, 1996

Work type


Inscription description

signed : painted : signed with abbrevation of Gaspar Van Wittel and dated : Gas[colon] V[colon] W [colon]/1702

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Compton Verney, Warwickshire CV35 9HZ England

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