Milan 1676 - 1739 Naples
A VIEW OF A HARBOR WITH MEN-O'-WAR, NAPLES
signed with initial lower center: G[?]
oil on copper
diameter: 3⅜ in.; 8.6 cm.
framed: 8 by 8 in.; 20.3 by 20.3 cm.
The copper is flat and stable. A decorative image reads well and retains its patina. A minute dot of loss is at left, above the trees and barely visible along with another at bottom center. Inspection under UV shows an uneven varnish. The copper is in overall good condition and can hang as is.
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Although works such as this are rare, Orazio Grevenbroeck painted port views on small copper as souvenirs for travelers passing through Naples. The ships represented here are likely part of the French West Indian Company based on their flags. Characteristic of Grevenbroeck's paintings are the elongated figures in the foreground and the sketchy, ghost-like figures in the background.
We are grateful to Dr. Fabrizio Dassie for endorsing the attribution to Orazio Grevenbroeck on the basis of photographs.