This view of Palermo is one of twelve Sicilian motifs that Carl Rottmann completed as a large fresco, which was part of his Italy series for King Ludwig I in Munich's Hofgarten arcades. Rottmann visited Palermo twice: during his first journey to Italy 1826/27 and in 1829, at which time he brought together preparatory material for the Italy series. On the urging of Ludwig I, the artist made a detour in 1827 to Sicily, for the purpose of painting "a landscape of Palermo's surroundings". He stayed in Palermo for 14 days. During this time he completed several drawings that show the city and the bay from various perspectives. After his return in 1828, he painted the large-scale version of the motif on canvas; today the work is located in Hamburg's Kunsthalle. The smaller version on wood exhibited here is from the collection of the architect Leo von Klenze and was probably executed around 1832, approximately the same time as that of the large fresco.