Monday, April 16, 2012

The Eruption of Vesuvius

Drs. Jim and Bonnie Tanner have generously given us their painting of The Eruption of Vesuvius by Pierre-Jacques Volaire. This artist studied with the French artist Vernet, known for his views of ports and landscapes. Volaire traveled to paint in Rome in 1764 and then to Naples in 1769, where he became quite famous for his views of Mount Vesuvius. The artist observed the eruptions and painted them for years, often on commission. A visit to Naples was part of "the Grand Tour" in the eighteenth century.Similar paintings by this artist are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Richmond Museum of Art. In all, the fiery eruption is seen at night, in the glow of a silver moon.

This beautiful painting is a treasure for our museum and we are thrilled to have it!

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