“In Capri, housetops are the world,” wrote John Singer Sargent. Capri Girl on Rooftop is one of several scenes he painted of rooftop activities such as dancing, painting, and entertaining. The main figure is Rosina Ferrara, a favorite model of many artists known for her beauty. She dances the tarantella, a traditional folk dance about love, and is silhouetted against a setting sky. Sargent does not rely on a sentimental narrative of Capri, but rather focuses on color, light, and composition to evoke a mood.