Achille Vianelli (Port-Maurice 1803 – 1894 Benevento): The Cave of Posillipo
Watercolour and graphite
266 x 210 mm, 10½x 8¼inch.
Signed lower left: Vianelli
Sotheby’s London, sale of the 14thJune 1995 lot 310;
Private collection, France
The cave of Posillipo is an underground tunnel dug into the Posillipo hill at the beginning of the Roman Empire to connect Naples to Pouzzole. Legend tells that 100 000 men excavated the tunnel in 15 days. Vianelli drew this site several times, as two other watercolours with similar composition are known. His composition is also reproduced in the book Napoli e le sue vicinanze (Naples, 1845). In our drawing, the use of watercolor is particularly sophisticated in the way it renders the variations of light on the rock and the richness of the vegetation.
2 500 €