Pierre-Jacques Volaire’s, "The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius", is a product of romantic landscape painting. The work depicts the horror of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius as it destroys the roman city of Pompeii. The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius depicts the historical event of Mt. Vesuvius’ 79 A.D. eruption, embodies and displays the romantic school of art, showcases the dramatic expressions found in baroque art, and contributes to the social discussion of how different perspectives formulate different interpretations of the same events.
|"Mount Vesuvius in Eruption" by William Turner|
|Clearing Up—Coast of Sicily |
by Andreas Achenbach
|"The Raising of the Cross" |
by Peter Rubens
|"The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius" by Pierre-Jacques Volaire|
It is no wonder that Pierre- Jacques Volaire choose to paint the destruction of the City of Pompeii, Volaire was enamored with the beautiful violence of volcanoes. In fact, in 1764 Volaire moved to Naples, Italy and lived right across from Mount Vesuvius (Hamilton). Mount Vesuvius was the pinnacle of natural beauty and terror in the eyes of Volaire making it the perfect subject for his work in the Romantic school of art. Volaire used the destruction of the city of Pompeii, the sublimity and awesome power of nature, the drama of the baroque school, and the idea of differing perspectives to create his masterpiece, "The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius".
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