Joseph Gandy

Jupiter Pluvius


On loan

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 2 (Edinburgh, UK): Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema

Joseph Gandy
Oil paint on canvas
Frame: 1885 × 2280 × 145 mm
Lent by The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation (Charity Number SC001419) 2016
On long term loan

Display caption

This imposing picture divided critical opinion when it was exhibited in 1819. Taking his subject from the Ancient Greek writer Pausanias, Gandy shows the temple of Jupiter Pluvius, god of rainstorms, to the top left. Some critics admired the artist’s knowledge of ancient literary sources and architecture. Others thought it was too similar to the popular entertainments of the time, like painted panoramas and magic lantern shows.

Gallery label, August 2019

Does this text contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? We would like to hear from you.


  • Tate Etc

    1819: Year of Revolution?

    Martin Myrone

    Political unrest, protest and global economic unease. Sound familiar? Martin Myrone looks back at a year of change

You might like

In the shop