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Volcano: Turner to Warhol


An Eruption of Vesuvius, Seen from Portici (c.1774–6) by Joseph Wright of Derby.

Joseph Wright of Derby captured the eruptions of Vesuvius in several pictures of which this is one of the more spectacular examples. The painter enjoyed spectacle as he also the rendering of chiaroscuro effects so it’s no wonder he was attracted to an apocalyptic night view such as this. Wright is one of the artists featured in a new exhibition at Compton Verney in Warwickshire, Volcano: Turner to Warhol, which presents the depiction of volcanoes in art through the ages.

The exhibition ranges from early engravings, showing imagined cross-sections of the fiery centre of the earth, to an explosive series of paintings by Joseph Wright, JMW Turner and Andy Warhol. It is a chance to examine the presence of volcanoes as geological phenomena and their power and influence, through an exciting range of historic and recent works of art. (More.)

The gallery site doesn’t have a complete list of the featured works but there’s some additional detail in a Telegraph preview from a couple of months ago. Volcano: Turner to Warhol opens on July 24th and runs to October 31st, 2010.

Previously on { feuilleton }
Chiaroscuro II: Joseph Wright of Derby, 1734–1797
Shadows at Compton Verney
Death from above
The apocalyptic art of Francis Danby



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3 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Anne S


    I visited an exhibition yesterday at the Victorian National Gallery here in Melbourne which featured works from the Stadel Museum.

    One of them was a spectacular Volcano painting by Johan Christian Klausson Dahl so your post on volcano paintings is pithy.

  2. #2 posted by John


    Hi Anne. Yes, indeed, and that seems to be Vesuvius again. Volcanoes were a popular subject circa 1800 for artists interested in the Sublime. You also get a lot of storms, mountains, chasms, waterfalls, Biblical cataclysms (especially the Flood) and even avalanches.

  3. #3 posted by Anne S


    Yes indeed it was Vesuvius, apparently an obsession of the artist who painted many on the same subject.






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