Lot 170
  • 170

Gaspar van Wittel, called Vanvitelli

50,000 - 70,000 GBP
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  • Gaspar van Wittel, called Vanvitelli
  • A view of the Grotto at Pozzuoli with Virgil's tomb
  • signed and dated on the rock lower right: GAS VAN / WITEL / 1705 
  • oil on canvas


Art market, Rome;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 14 December 1979, lot 141, for £9,500; 
With Galerie Wartensleben, Geneva;
From whom acquired by the present owner.


G. Briganti, Gaspar van Wittel, L. Laureati and L. Trezzani (eds), Milan 1996, p. 273, no. 382, reproduced in black and white.

Catalogue Note

Published for the first time in 1996, in the revised edition of Briganti's monograph, where it is singled out for the particularly high quality of both the landscape and the figures, this view is signed and dated 1705. It is among the earliest painted by Van Wittel of this celebrated site.