VIEW OVER THE BAY OF NAPLES
Oil on canvas: 49.5 x 76 cm / 19.4 x 29.9 ins
Signed and dated '1868' lower left
Painter of animated scenes, (urban) landscapes and seascapes; painter of gouaches.
Girolamo Gianni was a native of Napels. He discovered Malta when he travelled there in 1867 and eventually settled there with his family for 20 years. He became very well-known for small souvenir paintings, but also received many commissions for works in larger format. He specialised in busy Napolitan street scenes and views of the Bay that included the Vesuvius and similar scenes in Malta, especially La Valletta and its port.
His paintings gather a great amount of information concerning the way of living of the painter’s contemporaries.
E. Bénézit, "Dictionary of Artists", Paris 2006, Vol. 6, p. 137.