The Capuchin Convent at Amalfi

This sketch was painted during the summer of 1829 when Blechen was visiting Amalfi, down the coast from Naples. The Capuchin convent, seen here perched on a wall of rock, was frequently visited by artists. By positioning the vertical mass of rocks in the foreground, Blechen leads our eyes into the space beyond, towards the monastery whose mass seems almost to blend into the rocks.

Key facts

Artist dates
1798 - 1840
Full title
The Capuchin Convent at Amalfi
Date made
about 1829
Medium and support
Oil on paper laid on board
28.5 × 38.7 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery