Sign in to favourite Sign in to add to album Geographical notes close Places are defined in terms of modern geography. Copyright Information close This artwork is in public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. If you are a copyright owner of this artwork, or his/hers legal representative, and you do not agree that this artwork is public domain, please let us know firstname.lastname@example.org WikiArt.org allows unlimited copying, distributing and displaying of the images of public domain artworks. Artworks protected by copyright are supposed to be used only for contemplation. Images of that type of artworks are prohibited for copying, printing, or any kind of reproducing and communicating to public since these activities may be considered copyright infringement. Public domain ← → Vesuvius in Eruption Joseph Wright Date: c.1777 - c.1780; United Kingdom * Style: Romanticism Genre: landscape Media: oil, canvas Dimensions: 124.4 x 180.3 cm Location: Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, UK Tags: caves-and-volcanoes File Source: www.abcgallery.com Order an oil painting reproduction Ad Image dimension 750x505px, View all sizes This painting is part of a series that J. Wright of Derby based on the eruption of Mt Vesuvius. He travelled to Italy between 1773-75 and was in Naples during the autumn of 1774. Although the last eruption of Vesuvius was not long before (1767), Wright of Derby visited the area during a quiet period of volcanic activity and so did not witness a major eruption. While he was in Italy, he researched the volcano through descriptions by Sir William Hamilton, British ambassador to the Kingdom of Naples and a fellow of the Royal society who studied both Vesuvius and Mt Etna. Through Hamilton and other sources, Wright could have gained access to a number of paintings and visual accounts of the volcano's eruptive history, from which he made sketches and paintings. The Painting contains a strong impression of the sublime, a theme that prevailed during the Pre-romantic period in Europe. This sense of nature's awesome power is illustrated in the way that Wright's Vesuvius utterly dwarfs visible signs of human influence on the landscape. Despite living in Italy for quite a length of time, this particular painting was begun and completed once Wright of Derby had returned to England. Joseph Wright Famous works The Alchemist Discovering Phosphorus or The Alchemist in Search of the Philosophers Stone Joseph Wright · 1771 The Earthstopper on the Banks of the Derwent Joseph Wright · 1773 D'Ewes Coke, His Wife Hannah and Daniel Parker Coke Joseph Wright · 1781 - 1782 Self-Portrait at the Age of about Fifty Joseph Wright · 1782 The Corinthian Maid Joseph Wright · 1782 - 1785 Vesuvius from Posillipo Joseph Wright · View all 149 artworks Related Artworks The Forge of Vulcan John Singleton Copley 'Henry V', Act II, Scene 2, Henry V Discovering the Conspirators Henry Fuseli The Nightmare Henry Fuseli Watson and the Shark John Singleton Copley The Siege and Relief of Gibraltar John Singleton Copley Percival Delivering Belisane from the Enchantment of Urma Henry Fuseli 'Macbeth', Act I, Scene 3, the Weird Sisters Henry Fuseli Dispute between Hotspur, Glendower, Mortimer and Worcester Henry Fuseli The Major Peirson's Death John Singleton Copley The Death of Oedipus Henry Fuseli Mamillius Conjuring up Sprites and Goblins for His Mother, Hermione Henry Fuseli The Shepherd's Dream Henry Fuseli Prospero Henry Fuseli Titania and Bottom Henry Fuseli Thor Battering the Midgard Serpent Henry Fuseli The Shepherd's Dream, from 'Paradise Lost' Henry Fuseli The Red Cross Knight John Singleton Copley Macbeth, Banquo and the Witches Henry Fuseli The Apothesis of Penelope Boothby Henry Fuseli The Return of Milton's Wife Henry Fuseli 1 Load more Advertisement.