Heart's Content, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Turner visited Naples in 1819. The great prospect of the Bay of Naples, culminating in the peak of Vesuvius, was one of the most famous views in Europe. Turner's Neapolitan watercolours, like his Venetian subjects of the same year, show his mature appreciation of the watercolour medium as he confronted the shimmering radiance of Italian light.
Gallery label, August 2004
Medium: Graphite and watercolour on paper
Credit line: 'Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856'
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