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Different Views of Maiori (2/2)

Maiori Cave and Torre1.jpgThe 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, that we looked at yesterday was painted from within the cave at right. Today the space serves as a capacious parking lot (cue Joni Mitchell), and local lore has it there there is a large body of water deep inside it. And at the far end of the Maiori beach stands a substantial Norman watchtower, that is today a fine restaurant: La Torre Normana.

However note how the tower in the below photograph hugs the coast when seen from Joseph Wright’s grotto. I snapped the photo of the beachscape while standing directly in front of the cave. The tower only projects into the sea when viewed from a position on the beach much closer to it (right).

The artist took a liberty in depicting the tower in silhouette jutting out into the sea:

Maiori View From Cave.jpg

Derby MFA.jpg

Addendum: As I noted in a previous post, Darby’s Rangers (no relation to Derby) landed at Maiori on September 9, 1943 as part of the Allied invasion of Salerno.

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