Naples: The Eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 26 April 1872, 3.00 pm, Giorgio Sommer;   attributed
Giorgio Sommer
Naples: The Eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 26 April 1872, 3.00 pm
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Naples: The Eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 26 April 1872, 3.00 pm, 1872


Blatt
18.1 x 24.1 cm
Karton
33.6 x 39.9 cm
Physical Description
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
Inventory Number
St.F.780
Acquisition
Ancient holdings. Acquired in the 19th century
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

When Mount Vesuvius began emitting masses of lava in April 1872, Giorgio Sommer photographed the rare natural

spectacle at half-hour intervals from a boat lying at anchor a safe distance away in the Gulf of Naples. In the end he had created a series of shots documenting the volcanic emission. A display of the omnipotence of natural forces, the tower of ash several kilometres high sends shivers down the viewer’s spine. The photographs met with keen interest not only from tourists. In the Illustrierte Zeitung (Leipzig) they were also reproduced as woodcuts that can be regarded as forerunners of

photojournalism. Unlike the relatively matter-of-fact photos that served as their basis, the printed reproductions turn the scene into an emotionally charged landscape veduta. The gulf and the city of Naples fill the foreground; the fire-spewing mountain looms up behind them like a mighty omen.

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Title
Naples: The Eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 26 April 1872, 3.00 pm
Photographer
Period Produced
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Object Type
Physical Description
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet recto unten links auf der Fotografie: Druckschriftzeile: L'Eruzione del Vesuvio. 26 Aprile 1872 ore 3. PM.
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet recto unten Mitte auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: Neapel. Ausbruch des Vesuv's am 26. April 1872.

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Ancient holdings. Acquired in the 19th century

Work Content

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Primary
Secondary
  • 25H113 (high) hill
  • 25H13 coast
  • 25I12 prospect of city, town panorama, silhouette of city
  • 46C24 sailing-ship, sailing-boat

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19.02.2024