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Vesuvius and Pompeii

1870 Robert S. Duncanson Born: New York 1821 Died: Detroit, Michigan 1872 oil on canvas 10 x 15 5/8 in. (25.4 x 39.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Joseph Agostinelli 1983.95.177 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 11A


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Robert S. Duncanson spent a significant amount of time in Italy, and painted several views of Pompeii. Pompeii's dramatic history and the lure of Mount Vesuvius's still violent potential brought many artists to the area in the nineteenth century. This image shows the remains of an amphitheater, with Vesuvius smoking in the background. Duncanson probably painted this scene from memory, placing different ruins together to create a compelling composition.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - classical

Architecture Exterior - ruins

Cityscape - Italy - Pompeii

Figure(s) in exterior - classical

Landscape - mountain - Mount Vesuvius

Landscape - phenomenon - volcano

Object - art object - painting

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Robert S. Duncanson

Born: New York 1821 Died: Detroit, Michigan 1872

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