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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