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Harbour Scene at Stabiae. Statistics. Size: 24.5 cm high, roughly square Cut from a larger wall panel in a Stabian house Date: 60-70 AD Location: Stabiae, Now in Museo Nazionale, Naples. Background Information. At first sight, doesn’t seem particularly noteworthy

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statistics
Statistics
  • Size: 24.5 cm high, roughly square
  • Cut from a larger wall panel in a Stabian house
  • Date: 60-70 AD
  • Location: Stabiae, Now in Museo Nazionale, Naples
background information
Background Information
  • At first sight, doesn’t seem particularly noteworthy
  • Closer inspection: intricate detail and an unexpected mastery of technique
  • Artistic style chosen deliberately for effect
  • Reminds the viewer of 19th C French Impressionist style
impressionism
Style emphasises the overall colour, shape and movement of objects without delineating them in detail.

Three main characteristics of this style:

-Sketchy outlines

-Economy of brushstrokes

-Hinting at, rather than

depicting, realistic details

Impressionism
composition perspective
Composition/Perspective
  • Basic structure: diagonal
  • The eye is led from bottom left to top right
  • The painting combines linear (ground level) and aerial (bird’s eye) perspective simultaneously
  • This creates the illusion of depth: objects diminish in scale into the distance & are represented in fainter, hazier tones
colour
Colour
  • Surprisingly limited palette
  • Overall impression: white on purple with blue sea and sky
  • Also: yellow, pink and brown
key features
3 storey building with colonnades

Lighthouse

Fishermen

Rock

4 statues on columns

Inner harbour

Arch decorated with a triton blowing a trumpet and octopus (?)

Arched gate leading into colonnaded street

Arched pier jutting into the harbour

Key Features
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