In 1828 the painter and physician, Carl Gustav Carus, accompanied Prince Friedrich August of Saxony to Italy. In his travel diary he described their arrival in Naples. He had been anticipating his quarters in the Casino Reale on the Via Chiatamone with mounting excitement: “At last I enter, and in front me lie Vesuvius, the sea, the castle, and the blue distance.” Deeply impressed, he painted this view from his room of the harbor and the Castel dell’Ovo. The immediacy of the experience is intermingled with Romantic symbolism in the ambivalence of the external and internal world.


  • Title: Balcony Room with a View of the Bay of Naples
  • Creator: Carl Gustav Carus
  • Date Created: around 1829/1830
  • Physical Dimensions: w21.30 x h28.40 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Technique and material: Oil on canvas
  • Inv.-No.: FNG 59/92
  • External link: Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyrights: Text: © Prestel Verlag / Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Photo: © b p k - Photo Agency / Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Bernd Kuhnert
  • Collection: Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie
  • Artist biography: Carl Gustav Carus was a German artist whose talents were not limited to art – he was also a doctor of medicine and a natural philosopher. He started his education as a painter under Julius Diez and later became an apprentice of Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld at the Oeser drawing academy. Between 1814 and 1817 he taught himself oil painting, working alongside Caspar David Friedrich, who had a great impact on his art. He was also inspired by the travels he made to France, Italy, England and Scotland. His landscape paintings clearly demonstrate his affinity with Romanticism. He mainly depicted moonlit night scenes, mountains, forests and architecture. 'Autumn Landscape, Hosterwitz' (1835–50) and 'Basalt Coast in the Surf' are among his most well known compositions.
  • Artist Place of Death: Dresden, Germany
  • Artist Place of Birth: Leipzig, Germany
  • Artist Dates: 1789-01-03/1869-07-18

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