The talented landscape painter Alessandro La Volpe was born in Lucera, Italy, where his father was employed by the Royal College. Upon graduation, the young Alexander moved to Naples, the important European city at the time. There he attended the Academy of Fine Arts. At the age of about 30, in search of experience, he travels to Sicily Egypt, where he paints many landscapes revealing precise compositional skills.
Soon La Volpe moved to Florence where he co-founded the "School of the Romantic Landscape," the so-called "School of Staggia" (1852-1855).
La Volpe was also a talented watercolorist, his meticulous technique based on the English traditions.
Later in life La Volpe moved to Rome, where he died suffering, probably, of mental illness.
His paintings are kept in private collections and major museums in the world, particularly in England.
View of the Neapolitan Coast, 1846
View of the Islet Nisida
View of the Bay of Naples Towards Vesuvius