John MartinThe Destruction of Pompei and Herculaneum 1822, restored 2011

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Artist
John Martin (1789‑1854)
Title
The Destruction of Pompei and Herculaneum
Date 1822, restored 2011
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1616 x 2530 mm frame: 1968 x 2879 x 161 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1869
Reference
N00793
On display at Tate Britain
Exhibition: Ruin Lust

Summary

John Martin’s large, vividly coloured and detailed oil painting imagines the extent of the disaster that famously beset the sister cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum when the volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted on 24 August AD 79. Taking as its vantage point the shores of the town of Stabiae, on the opposite side of the Bay of Naples, the picture shows a multitude of fleeing survivors struggling on to dry land. Herculaneum is in the distance to the left, smothered with lava; Pompeii is laid out in sufficient detail to be able to identify specific buildings, most prominently the circular ‘great Theatre’ and the Basilica… (read more)

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