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Naples & Vesuvius


During the 16th and 17th centuries Naples was Europe's second largest city after Paris. Part of the Spanish Habsburg empire, it was a cultural centre of some note during the Baroque period and was home to artists including Caravaggio, Rosa, and Bernini, and philosophers such as Bruno, Campanella and Vico. For Bargrave, however, it was also of particular interest because of its proximity to the volcanic region known as the Campo Flegrei and to Mount Vesuvius where he also took the opportunity to gather cinders and pumice. From his catalogue he appears to have visited the region four times in total.

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