The Bay of Naples, 1841
Oil on canvas
Aivazovsky did not need a model to pose for him, nor did he spend prolonged hours before sceneries, shores, beaches, ocean or ships to complete a painting. Aivazovsky had a legendary artistic memory. He was able to reproduce on the linens, what he has already seen for a very short time. In fact, Aivazovsky reconstructed the whole sceneries from memory, including the movements of the waves, the structural design of ships, the shape of the shores, the motion of the ocean, the lights of the harbors, the silhouette of the sailors, fishermen and maritime personages from his own imagination. Aivazovsky repainted absolutely everything with an astonishing exactitude. Aivazovsky did not even draw preliminary sketches. Quite remarkable!