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Carl Blechen, The Capuchin Convent at Amalfi

Key facts
Full title The Capuchin Convent at Amalfi
Artist Carl Blechen
Artist dates 1798 - 1840
Date made about 1829
Medium and support Oil on paper laid on board
Dimensions 28.5 × 38.7 cm
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L799
Location Room 42
Image copyright The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission
Collection Main Collection
The Capuchin Convent at Amalfi
Carl Blechen

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.

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