Die Mole von Portici
Joseph Rebell (1787-1828)

Die Mole von Portici,

Material / Technology / Carrier
Öl auf Leinwand
Dimensions of the object
37,5 x 54,7 cm
19. Jahrhundert
Inventory number
WAF 804
1841 durch König Ludwig I. aus der Sammlung Klenze erworben
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Neue Pinakothek München
Joseph Rebell, Die Mole von Portici, 1818, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Neue Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/rqxNX2nGvW (Last updated on 22.01.2024)
"The Mole at Portici" is a small-format depiction of the harbour of a small fishing village near Naples. Whereas in the foreground the fisherman are busy with the mooring of a boat, the background shows, on the other side of the bay, the royal castle and behind that the dormant Vesuvius. The repoussoir or darkened area of the foreground works like a silhouette against the still surface of the water and the brighter background. The fishermen, who are pulling in a boat, are particularly accentuated through a careful use of lighting and composition, setting the scene as if on a stage and giving the painting its sense of depth.

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