Eruption du Mont Vésuve… sur le lieu par le Che. Vesuvius erupted several times in the 1770s – including 1774, the year of this painting. Despite its dangers, visits to view the eruptions became a key part of the itinerary for wealthy travellers undertaking the Grand Tour, and Volaire’s many views of the subject were popular souvenirs. Volaire’s figures bear witness to the contrasts of nature, from the dramatic power of the fiery volcano to the calm sea and silvery moonlight
Pierre-Jacques Volaire An Eruption of Vesuvius by Moonlight 1774 © Compton Verney
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