Caspar van Wittel – Compton Verney Collection. Posillipo with the Palazzo Donn’Anna, Naples, Italy (1700)
Materials: oil on canvas. Dimensions: 72.7 x 170.3 cm. Acquisition date: 2001. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/posillipo-with-the-palazzo-donnanna-naples-italy-54736
Gaspar van Wittel, went to Naples in 1699 at the invitation of the Spanish Viceroy, Don Luis de la Cerda, 9th Duke of Medinaceli. The Duke commissioned over thirty view paintings from the artist, including this one of the Bay of Naples (http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/posillipo-with-the-palazzo-donnanna-naples-italy-54736).
Materials: oil on canvas. Dimensions: 51 x 76 cm. Nr.: ? Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/the-grand-walk-vauxhall-gardens-london-54755
n 1746, Venetian painter, etcher and draughtsman Canaletto moved to Britain, hoping to secure patronage from many of those who had been on the Grand Tour and for whom he had worked in Italy. Vauxhall Gardens was one of the most fashionable venues for public entertainment in London.
Located in Kennington on the south bank of the River Thames and known as New Spring Gardens until 1785, Vauxhall Gardens became a venue for musical performances, including George Frederick Handel’s ‘Music for the Royal Fireworks’ in 1749, which attracted an audience of over 12,000 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/the-grand-walk-vauxhall-gardens-london-54755).