Paintings of Italy
Copyright © Richard Harpum
A few years ago I took my wife to Naples for her birthday and whilst there, we hired a car and toured all the local sights, including Positano on the beautiful Amalfi coast.
As usual, I took numerous photographs, stopping whenever possible on the treacherous coast road. However, being pre-digital, some of my photographs were somewhat grainy, so I was delighted when an acquaintance of mine, Chris Coates, offered to send me some of the high-resolution digital images of Positano he had taken when visiting recently. This view is based on one of his photographs, although I have added a typical Italian balcony covered with bougainvilleas. In the foreground is the church of Santa Maria Assunta, which features a dome made of majolica tiles as well as a thirteenth-century Byzantine icon of a black Madonna.
In medieval times, Positano was a port of the Amalfi Republic and prospered during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. By the mid-nineteenth century, however, the town had fallen on hard times and was a relatively poor fishing village until it started attracting large numbers of tourists in the 1950s. Nowadays, it is a sophisticated, picturesque resort with numerous hotels and luxury villas worth millions of Euros cascading down the steep slopes towards the grand beach with its neat rows of deck chairs.
This painting was selected for exhibition at the 2015 ‘The Artist & Leisure Painters’ Patchings Competition and Exhibition.
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