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Different Views of Maiori (1/2)

As per usual at this time of year, Dartblog’s HQ has transferred to Maiori on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, but not before we took some Italian friends to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In Gallery 246, we, well, I, spotted a 1778 painting of the Maiori shoreline by Joseph Wright of Derby ( 1734-1797): Grotto by the Seaside in the Kingdom of Naples with Banditti, Sunset. I snapped two photos of the work with my iPhone 7, the first using the ProCam camera application, and the second using Apple’s standard app. I did not adjust the shots using any of the software features of the apps; it was just point and shoot:

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Neither of the two photographs, as I judged when standing in front of the painting itself, does the work justice. From the evident distinctions between them, you can see for yourself that the camera lies.

The MFA has its own photographic reproduction of the painting on its website:

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Hard to choose between them all, especially because I can’t compare the MFA’s image directly with the painting — though the MFA’s image does have the most balanced and even palette. I expect that the shot was taken with a professional DSLR camera rig and serious lighting.

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