Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Visual Context Surrounding Pierre-Jacques Volaire's The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius

In order to better appreciate Pierre-Jacques Volaire's The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius (shown directly below) it is important that one understands the historical elements and artistic style that the painting depicts.
 
An Expanding Collection
.......................................................................................................................................................
 
 
This is a digital recreation of a large roman port city. Pompeii could have looked like this before it was destroyed in 79 A.D by Mount Vesuvius’ eruption. Pompeii  was a prosperous city, complete with a coliseum, gymnasium, palace, bathhouses and aqueduct. As you can see in this similar city, the city was densely populated and crowded. The entire city was covered and destroyed.

 
This is a actual picture form the uncovered ruins of Pompeii. As you can see, the city was obliterated from the ash and lava from Mount Vesuvius. However, this is considered a well preserved roman city as the ash cloud seated in the city and its inhabitants.

 
This picture is of the mountains in Lofoten, Norway. These mountains portray the sublime nature of the natural world. Pierre-Jacques Volaire adhered to this idea, that nature is terrifying, however, that same power that inspires fear also inspires this feeling of awe and beauty. Volaire paints in the romantic school which is based upon the idea that nature is sublime.

pppoomppeeiii.jpg
 
This is a picture of an actual citizen of Pompeii. When archaeologist began to uncover Pompeii, they found these cavities in the ground. These cavities where were people had decomposed whom were trapped by the massive ash cloud. Archeologists soon began filling these cavities with plaster, after the plaster hardened, they removed the plaster and found the bodies of people cowering and running from Mount Vesuvius.

8344709014_0f91aae5a9_o.jpg

This photo was taken by NASA form the space station. The cone in the center of the picture is the famous Mount Vesuvius. This picture gives us a picture and idea of the greatness of this natural wonder. It is no wonder Pierre-Jacques Volaire choose to paint the eruption of this natural giant.

No comments:

Post a Comment