The Eruption of Vesuvius in December 1820, Johan Christian Clausen Dahl
Johan Christian Clausen Dahl
The Eruption of Vesuvius in December 1820
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Johan Christian Clausen Dahl

The Eruption of Vesuvius in December 1820, 1826


Dimensions
128.0 x 172.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1825
Acquisition
Acquired in 1928
Status
On loan

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About the Work

In all their massive immediacy, the Earth’s primordial forces pour forth in glowing hot lava. The Norwegian landscapist Dahl, professor at the Dresden Kunstakademie (Academy of Fine Arts) and a close friend of Caspar David Friedrich, witnessed this natural spectacle during a stay in Naples in 1820/21. Fascinated, he climbed the volcano several times to make sketches, which later served as the basis for a number of oil paintings. For visitors to Naples, the ascent of Mount Vesuvius had represented the culmination of their educational tour of the South since the early eighteenth century.

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  • KunstIStück – Johann Christian Clausen Dahl: Der Ausbruch des Vesuv im Dezember 1820
    Sammlungshighlights des Städel Museums in unterhaltsamen und informativen Filmen – das sind die Kunst|Stücke. Entdecken Sie spannende Details zu Kunstwerken aus ungewöhnlichen Blickwinkeln in unter zwei Minuten. Johann Christian Clausen Dahl: Der Ausbruch des Vesuv im Dezember 1820 (1826), Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main. https://sammlung.staedelmuseum.de/de/werk/der-ausbruch-des-vesuv-im-dezember-1820#yt

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Basic Information

Title
The Eruption of Vesuvius in December 1820
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: JDahl 1826. (JD ligiert)

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Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1928

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Primary
  • 25C11 eruption (of volcano)
  • 61D(VESUVIO) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (VESUVIO) (VESUVIO)
  • 61A(1820.12) historical events and situations (1820.12)
  • 61E(NEAPEL) names of cities and villages (NEAPEL)
  • 61D(ITALY) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (ITALY) (ITALY)
  • 25H landscapes
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20.08.2019