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Maker(s):Haseltine, William Stanley
Culture:American (1835 - 1900)
Title:Natural Arch, Capri
Date Made:ca. 1855-1876
Materials:oil on canvas
Place Made:Italy; Capri
Measurements:stretcher: 15 1/16 x 23 15/16 in.; 38.2588 x 60.8013 cm
Narrative Inscription:  unsigned, undated
Accession Number:  SC 1952.4
Credit Line:Gift of Helen Haseltine Plowden (Mrs. Roger H. Plowden)

Currently on view

landscape; water

Label Text:
Haseltine once said, 'Every real artist is also a scientist." His "rock portraits" of the coastal shoreline of New England and Europe were often commented upon by critics for their topological accuracy.

Haseltine moved to Italy in 1866, often selling paintings of Italian sites to American Tourists. This view, from the island of Capri in the Bay of Naples, explores the clear, bright light of the sun as it breaks across the limestone cliffs above the waters of the Mediterranean. the phenomenon of the "keyhole" formation atop the highest rocks is highlighted by the artist in the silhouette of the jagged rocks against a brilliant blue sky.

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