Panoramic View of the Bay of Naples

This view is probably from a rooftop just below the Spanish Quarter in Naples, looking south-east towards the hills of the Sorrento peninsula across the Bay of Naples. Dunouy seems to have taken particular delight in depicting the contrast between the urban and the natural scenery, through subtle lighting effects and the use of suggestive shapes in the architecture and the rolling hills.

Key facts

Artist dates
1757 - 1841
Full title
Panoramic View of the Bay of Naples
Date made
about 1783-9 or 1810-15
Medium and support
Oil on paper laid on canvas
29.2 × 45.2 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery