Ludwig Dill, Midsummer Night at the Posillipo (Naples)

Naples – Dill, Ludwig (Gernsbach, Baden, 1848 – Karlsruhe 1940). Midsummer Night at the Posillipo. View from a garden crowded by ancient figurines across the bay at the illuminated city. Front left the ending mountain ridge of the Posillipo (Pausilippo) in the southwestern area of the town, parting Naples from the Campi Flegrei. Below the same four boats, three of which under sails. Toned wood engraving by Bernhard Cichorius (last reference 1900) for Adolf Closs, Stuttgart. (1876.) Inscribed: X. I. v. A. Closs / B. Cichorius s(c), otherwise in German as above. 7⅝ × 9¾ in (19.3 × 24.7 cm).

“The mountain is covered up to the peak with cottages, vineyards and orchards, and generally with the most luxuriant vegetation … The height of the mountain provides for a wonderful view” (Meyers Konv.-Lex., 4th ed., XIII, 271). – Fine moonlit landscape bathed in silvery light with the full moon on the right between the trees.

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