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THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Antonio Joli
NAPLES FROM THE WEST; AND THE GULF OF POZZUOLI
Estimate
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 305,000 GBP
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THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Antonio Joli
NAPLES FROM THE WEST; AND THE GULF OF POZZUOLI
Estimate
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 305,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Antonio Joli
MODENA CIRCA 1700 - 1777 NAPLES
NAPLES FROM THE WEST; AND THE GULF OF POZZUOLI
Quantity: 2
a pair, both oil on canvas
each: 77.4 by 125.2 cm.; 30 1/2  by 49 1/4  in.
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Provenance

With Richard Green, London;
Private collection, Portugal;
With Simon Dickinson, London;
From whom acquired by the present owner.

Literature

R. Toledano, Antonio Joli, Modena 1700–1777 Napoli, Turin 2006, p. 311, N.V.2 and p. 381, N.XXXIII.1, respectively, both reproduced.

Catalogue Note

Antonio Joli settled in Naples in about 1755 serving as court painter to Charles VII, King of Naples (later Charles III of Spain), as well as receiving commissions from an array of wealthy aristocrats who came through the city as part of the Grand Tour. He trained as a scene painter in Modena and Perugia and studied the vedute of Canaletto and Bellotto while working in Venice. However, it was in Naples that he enjoyed his greatest success, and his early training served him well. His paintings of Naples and the surroundings combine a remarkable topographical accuracy with a flair for the dramatic viewpoint.  

In the view of Naples from the West we see the coastline of Chiaia, still a picturesque suburb, with Castel Sant' Elmo glowing in the sun on the hill above, the Castel dell'Ovo stretching out into the water at the right and Vesuvius beyond. It is a brilliant, sunny day, with the light gleaming off the water, though perhaps there is a hint of disquiet in the bank of clouds rising above Vesuvius.   

The pendant, the Gulf of Pozzuoli, which is west of Naples, is a more unusual view. It derives from a painting by Tommaso Ruiz, dated 1749, but here Joli takes some liberties with the actual setting to make a more coherent composition (see under Literature). He shows almost the entire gulf with the island of Procida to the left; Capo Miseno in the center; and Ischia and Capri in the distance.    

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