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Fortuny y Marsal, Mariano
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Fortuny y Marsal, Mariano

Reus, Tarragona, 1838 - Roma, 1874

Miniatura autor

Sea with Vesuvius in the Background

1874. Watercolour on white paper, 350 x 253 mm.

In the summer of 1874, Fortuny found the Tyrrhenian sea to be a constant stimulus for painting outdoors. The cobalt-blue of the expanse of water is the predominant feature of this seascape, depicted from off the coast of Sorrento or Capri. Visible in the background is the bay of Naples with Mount Vesuvius and, at its foot, hinted at by a tiny reserve space, the buildings of the coastal towns, among them the region’s capital and Portici.


Technical data

Inventory number
Fortuny y Marsal, Mariano
Sea with Vesuvius in the Background
White paper
High/Height: 350 mm.; Width: 253 mm.
Mariano Fortuny y Marsal, Rome, 1874; Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, Venice, 1946; donated by Henriette Nigrin, widow of the latter, to the Museo de Arte Moderno, 1951

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, Fortuny: pinturas, dibujos y grabados, Museo Nacional del Prado,, Madrid, 1998, pp. 310-11, n. 116.

Gutiérrez Márquez, Ana, Cecilia de Madrazo: Luz y memoria de Mariano Fortuny., Museo Nacional del Prado. Fundación María Cristina Masaveu, Madrid, 2017, pp. 134.

Gutiérrez Márquez, A, 'Mariano Fortuny. Mar, al fondo el Vesubio' En:, Fortuny (1838-1874), Museo Nacional del Prado,, Madrid, 2017, pp. 339-340 n.116.

Other inventories +

Inv. Dibujos, Fondo Antiguo. Núm. 1883.

Exhibitions +

Fortuny (1838-1874)
21.11.2017 - 18.03.2018

Mariano Fortuny
16.10.2003 - 18.01.2004

Location +

Room A (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal
Update date: 16-03-2018 | Registry created on 14-11-2017

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