Charles-Francois Grenier de Lacroix (Known as Lacroix Marseille) 1700-82

Vesuvius Erupting

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Artist

Charles-Francois Grenier de Lacroix (Known as Lacroix Marseille) 1700-82

Title

Vesuvius Erupting

Date

1761

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

H: 75 x W: 134.8 cm

Reference

CVCSC:0359.S

Collection

Naples

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Lacroix de Marseille began to build a reputation for himself in Italy and the South of France during the 1760s and painted this work during the 1761 eruption of Vesuvius, which lasted for 13 days. The painting depicts the moment just before the main crater exploded on 5 January 1761.

Charles-Francois Grenier de Lacroix (Known as Lacroix Marseille) Vesuvius Erupting 1761 © Compton Verney