Frans Vervloet, Mechelen 1795 - 1872 Venice
Frans Vervloet excelled in the genre of view painting. Born in the Belgian town of Mechelen, Vervloet moved to Brussels in 1821 following initial instruction with his brother and at the local academy. A year later, he was awarded a scholarship to study in Rome for two years. Vervloet had excelled early on in the genre of architectural painting, executing fine church interiors, and thus the churches and ruins of Rome naturally became his primary subject matter. In 1824, Vervloet settled in Naples, where he would remain for three decades. There he befriended Anton Sminck Pitloo, a founder of the so-called Scuola di Posillipo, of which Vervloet soon became a principal protagonist. Characterized by their clear palette, sketchy brushwork, and lucid organization, his views of Naples and the surrounding countryside were, like those of Rome before them, sought after by rulers and elite collectors across Europe. In 1854 Vervloet moved to Venice, where he resided until his death. An avid traveller, he had visited the lagoon city already in 1834–35, while other journeys in search of new scenery took him as far as Istanbul in 1844.