March 8, 2013

Sketching weekend in Phlegraean Fields

panorama dal Monte Nuovo

A detail of the amazing panorama that can be seen from above Monte Nuovo in Naples, a "new" volcano, born after an hearthquake and eruption in 1538.

lago d'Averno

Tempio di Apollo ruins on Lago d'Averno, believed to be the entrance to the underworld, as in Aeneid of Virgil.

I was there last sunday in a warm early spring day, and once again was surprised to find myself in such a beautiful landscape at only 30 minute metro ride from our cahotic city. Campi Flegrei (Phlegrean Fields) near Napoli is an interesting volcanic area and natural park, one of the favorite destination of past centuries Grand Tour, painted by many artists like Thomas Jones, Hackert, Pitloo or Turner.

I'll be there again next April 6/7 for a contemporary Grand Tour, a weekend of sketching workshop with my friend and wildlife artist Federico Gemma (Urban Sketcher Italy). A nice occasion to be introduced to this fascinating place, email me if you'd like to join us.

More drawings here.


marctaro said...

looks like a beautiful day in Naples. I very much like the first one with the little arm of land reaching into the sea.

Simonetta Capecchi said...

Hi Marc, thanks, I'm sure you'd like this place!