For travellers from the North, the Gulf of Naples, with the islands of Capri and Ischia, represented an earthly paradise. Luxuriant natural surroundings formed the setting for a blissful existence in which it was possible to feel transported to a Golden Age. Artists like Rebell gave expression to this sense of a new Arcadia. This painting on copper shows the Marina Grande on the northern coast of Capri, where visitors could watch fishermen mending their nets. For Schack, the picture encapsulated `all the magic of an Italian sunset¿.