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 x 172 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1825
Acquisition
Acquired in 1928
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 2

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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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14.05.2024