Franz Ludwig Catel worked in Rome and later traveled south to Naples. This painting presents that city’s most distinctive attraction: Mount Vesuvius, an active volcano that appears against an otherwise calm sky. Catel portrayed the scene from within a hotel room, contrasting the potentially overwhelming force of nature with the illusion of protection offered by distance and enclosed space.

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  • Title: A View of Naples through a Window
  • Creator: Franz Ludwig Catel (German, 1778-1856)
  • Date Created: 1824
  • Physical Dimensions: Framed: 59.5 x 46 x 5.5 cm (23 7/16 x 18 1/8 x 2 3/16 in.); Unframed: 46.8 x 33.5 cm (18 7/16 x 13 3/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Robert Manning collection, U.S., attributed to Antonie Pitloo (1791-1837). Simon Dickinson, Ltd., New York and London. Danny Katz, Ltd., London. Purchased by the cma in 1994.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1994.198
  • Medium: oil on paper, mounted on canvas
  • Fun Fact: Mount Vesuvius was almost continuously active at the time that Franz Ludwig Catel visited Naples, and erupted just two years before this painting was completed.
  • Department: Modern European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: Germany, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund
  • Collection: Mod Euro - Painting 1800-1960
  • Accession Number: 1994.198

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