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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

  • Date

    1702

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    49 x 64.2 cm

  • Accession number

    CVCSC : 0206.S

  • Acquisition method

    purchased, 1996

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Compton Verney, Warwickshire CV35 9HZ England

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