Item #1055 Panorama di Napoli preso da S. Martino, dis]e]g[na]to dal vero da Ant[oni]o Senape Romano. Abita stada S. Maria della neve alla riviera di Chiaja no. 18, 2° piano. Antonio Senape.
Panorama di Napoli preso da S. Martino, dis]e]g[na]to dal vero da Ant[oni]o Senape Romano. Abita stada S. Maria della neve alla riviera di Chiaja no. 18, 2° piano.
Panorama di Napoli preso da S. Martino, dis]e]g[na]to dal vero da Ant[oni]o Senape Romano. Abita stada S. Maria della neve alla riviera di Chiaja no. 18, 2° piano.
Panorama di Napoli preso da S. Martino, dis]e]g[na]to dal vero da Ant[oni]o Senape Romano. Abita stada S. Maria della neve alla riviera di Chiaja no. 18, 2° piano.
Panorama di Napoli preso da S. Martino, dis]e]g[na]to dal vero da Ant[oni]o Senape Romano. Abita stada S. Maria della neve alla riviera di Chiaja no. 18, 2° piano.
Panorama di Napoli preso da S. Martino, dis]e]g[na]to dal vero da Ant[oni]o Senape Romano. Abita stada S. Maria della neve alla riviera di Chiaja no. 18, 2° piano.
Grand Tour Pen & Ink Panorama View of Naples by Antonio Senape

Panorama di Napoli preso da S. Martino, dis]e]g[na]to dal vero da Ant[oni]o Senape Romano. Abita stada S. Maria della neve alla riviera di Chiaja no. 18, 2° piano.

Naples, ca. 1835. Item #1055

Panorama drawing in pencil, pen, and brown ink, on four sheets of paper, total measurement of 255 x 1480 mm., [10 x 58 ¼ inches] backed on linen and folded, in excellent condition.


A striking example of a Grand Tour panorama of Naples that is nearly one and a half meters long [5 feet] that encompasses the entire city view in the foreground, and Vesuvius in the background.  This view looks east along the port of Naples towards Mount Vesuvius and the coast of Portici and Herculaneum.  The detail of the buildings is breath-taking and the whole fabric of this vibrant city is captured in minute detail.  The artist Antonio Senape signs this work in a little cartouche on the left of the drawing.  He states that his viewpoint from which this drawing is made is from a window in the Certose di San Martino on the Vomero Hill overlooking Naples towards the sea, and the drawing was done ‘al vero’. 


Senape may have used an optical instrument, such as a prospectography to aide him in drawing such a wide panorama.  He frames the panorama by drawing two architectural elements, on the left an external wall of the Certosa di San Martino, with a small balcony, and on the right the wall of another building used for the cartouche which gives information about the subject matter and also gives the name and address of the artist.  Vegetation and the top of trees frame the composition along the side.  Senape modulates the tonality and quantity of brown ink to convey distances, so that the architectural elements in the foreground in dark brown ink gave way to the massed buildings of Naples in every decreasing brown hue until they fade into the landscape in the distance.


Antoni Senape (1788-1850) was one of the most prolific Italian ‘vedutisti” of the early 19th century and called his views ‘disegno con la penna’.  While there are numerous drawings by him I have found no engravings of his views in any collection or bibliography of engraved works.  All I was able to find out about his life is that he was born in Rome and moved to Naples where he live most of his life, although he traveled around the country and made sketches all over Italy.  He worked as a restorer and drawing master, but the bulk of his income came from drawing ‘vedute’.  That he lived to 1850 is certain from the drawings he did of buildings constructed at the time.  Nearly all that is known about him comes from the numerous inscriptions that he wrote on his drawings, that often indicate the place, his name, the address where he was living at the time and occasionally even the date which he did the drawing.

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Price: $7,500.00

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