Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky, Neapolitan Bay in Early Morning

Aivazovsky was the most celebrated and best-known maritime painter in Russia. His artistic heritage rests mainly on his marine landscapes. In this painting, he depicts different facets of the sea: he shows it not only as an element that obeys no laws and destroys man, but also as a call from afar, symbolizing the romantic dream. The Bay of Naples was a favourite spot for Russian landscape painters. As the famous French writer Germaine de Staël said, the Bay was so friendly and congenial in terms of nature that nothing could spoil the joy it gives us. For Russian painters, Italy was the country of sunshine, happiness, endless summer, and resplendent and passionate life. And that is how Aivazovsky depicted it for us.

Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky

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