The Best of Friends - Filippo Palizzi
I have a new favorite artist. His name is Filippo Palizzi and he lived in Naples during the nineteenth century. I came across him on Twitter, which is how I get most new information these days. A twitter account that tweets about Pompeii tweeted this image, of a beautiful woman standing the edge of an excavation at Pompeii.
I searched for more, and found that Filippo painted many charming animal pictures. He enjoyed painting scenes from the countryside around Naples. Sadly, I didn't see much of that when I was there—only what was visible from a very dirty train window.
At one point, while walking outside the walls of Pompeii, I heard lots of barking and bleating. On a farm literally right next to the ruins, sheep were being herded into a pen, and the dog barking was a golden retriever who was either in a pen or was tied up—I couldn't tell from that far away. But he definitely wasn't helping.
If you like Filippo's paintings, you can watch this slideshow and see more: