Johan Christian Dahl, 1821 - Eruption of the Volcano Vesuvius - fine art print

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Original information about the artwork by Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark) (© Copyright - by Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark) - Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark))

The Norwegian painter J.C. Dahl spent time in Italy in 1820-21, and while in Naples he witnessed the Vesuvius erupting, creating a range of drawings and painted studies of the event from the closest possible range. One of these studies served as the basis for this painting. He repeated the motif six times, a sure indication of its appeal for contemporary audiences.

The artist described the event as an ”interesting and horribly wondrous sight”, a choice of words that made it clear the volcanic eruption, with all its majesty and horror, should be seen as an example of the kind of awe-inspiring, sublime phenomena that had thrown philosophers, artists, and art lovers into a bittersweet state of dread and titillating awe ever since the early Romantic period.

The picture comprises two parts. In the left-hand side Dahl focuses on the relationship between man and the overwhelming spectacle: Two tiny figures serve to indicate the scale of the scene, watching the vast forces of nature with enraptured attention. Looking to the right, however, one begins to suspect that the figures might be thrill-seeking tourists who rode up the volcano on the waiting donkeys.

Indeed, the deep landscape includes elements from a Naples tourist prospect from the time: the bay, the city, and its landmark volcano which was often shown towering in the background, but takes up the foreground here.

Artwork background information

Artpiece title: "Eruption of the Volcano Vesuvius"
Classification of the work of art: painting
General term: modern art
Century: 19th century
Created in the year: 1821
Approximate age of artwork: over 190 years old
Museum: Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark)
Museum location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Museum's website: Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark)
License type of artwork: public domain
Courtesy of: National Gallery of Denmark

Artist overview

Name: Johan Christian Dahl
Artist gender: male
Artist nationality: Norwegian
Professions of the artist: painter
Home country: Norway
Artist classification: modern artist
Styles: Romanticism
Lifespan: 69 years
Born in the year: 1788
Birthplace: Bergen
Year of death: 1857
Deceased in (place): Dresden

The product details

Article type: fine art print
Reproduction method: reproduction in digital format
Manufaturing technique: UV direct printing (digital print)
Manufacturing: German-made
Type of stock: on demand
Product usage: wall décor, gallery wall
Image alignment: landscape alignment
Aspect ratio: 1.4 : 1 - length : width
Implication of image ratio: the length is 40% longer than the width
Available options: canvas print, metal print (aluminium dibond), acrylic glass print (with real glass coating), poster print (canvas paper)
Canvas on stretcher frame (canvas print) sizes: 70x50cm - 28x20", 140x100cm - 55x39"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating) size variants: 70x50cm - 28x20", 140x100cm - 55x39"
Poster print (canvas paper) size variants: 70x50cm - 28x20"
Aluminium print options: 70x50cm - 28x20", 140x100cm - 55x39"
Frame: unframed art copy

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This modern art artwork was created by the Norwegian artist Johan Christian Dahl. It is included in the Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark)'s collection, which is the largest museum of fine arts in Denmark and is attached to the Danish Ministry of Culture.. We are glad to mention that this public domain work of art is included with courtesy of National Gallery of Denmark.: . Moreover, alignment of the digital reproduction is in landscape format and has a ratio of 1.4 : 1, which means that the length is 40% longer than the width. The painter Johan Christian Dahl was a European artist from Norway, whose art style can mainly be classified as Romanticism. The Norwegian artist was born in 1788 in Bergen and died at the age of 69 in 1857.

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