Eruption of the Volcano Vesuvius  1821

by Johan Christian Dahl

The Norwegian painter J.C. Dahl spent time in Italy in 1820-21, and while in Naples he witnessed the Vesuvius erupting, creating a range of drawings and painted studies of the event from the closest possible range. One of these studies served as the basis for this painting. He repeated the motif six times, a sure indication of its appeal for contemporary audiences. [br] T...
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Denmark