Oil on canvas.
Adrien Manglard was a French painter and engraver who was born in Lyon. His artistic beginnings can be traced to France under the tutelage of Claude Lorrain, and later with the Dutch landscape painter Adriaen van der Cabel. In 1715 he moved to Rome and began concentrating on painting ports and maritime themes. His works are characterised by their light effects and well-executed perspective, and can be found in museums throughout Europe.
In the painting’s foreground, we see the bustle on the shore with groups of merchants, sailors, and dockers. Behind them, occupying a large part of the painting, stretches the blue lake with anchored merchant ships. The background features a mountainous landscape with a smouldering volcano and an overgrown, crumbling tower.