Canvas 84 cm by 65 cm
100 cm by 81 cm frame
Carlo Bonavia (born in Rome-died in Naples in 1788)
Carlo Bonavio is an Italian painter of the Neapolitan school (mostly worked in Naples from 1754 to 1788). He was one of the most talented students of the French painter Claude Joseph Vernet.
Bonavia's paintings, based on a rigorous fidelity to his master's outdoor painting, ranging from peaceful countryside landscapes to stormy seascapes. Like Vernet, he made whims where the real antiques were placed in imaginary environments.
Bonavia also painted some paintings representing the eruption of Vesuvius in December 1754.
Among his clients were Count Charles Joseph Firmian, Caesarean ambassador in Naples 1754-1758, English nobleman John Montagu Brudenell, better known as Lord Brudenell, Austrian count Guido Ernst Harrach and doctor Lorraine Alexandre-Louis de Laugier.
Bonavia was very successful during his lifetime and was praised by Pietro Zani in his rational critical method Encyclopedia of Fine Arts (1820).
Some of the most important public and private collections that preserve Bonavia's paintings: the Accademia de San Luca in Rome, the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, the Museums of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the Academy of Arts '' Honolulu, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, the Évora Museum (Portugal), the Harrach collection in Rohrau (Austria), the Stourhead collections in Wiltshire and Beaulieu in Hampshire (Grande -Brittany)