AMY CONCANNON: This is one of Turner’s early masterpieces and shows him really engaging in inventive ways with the aesthetics of the Sublime. NARRATOR: The Sublime landscape is one that inspires both awe and fear at the same time, which this dramatic canvas clearly does. Curator Amy Concannon. AMY CONCANNON: The subject is taken from ancient history, a time around 200BC, and it tells of the epic procession of the Carthaginian general, Hannibal, who took his army, complete with elephants across the Alps on their way to fight the Romans in Italy. It’s one amongst many examples where Turner may have taken a cue from Old Master painters. It also shows the powers of his imagination. He was still a relatively young man beginning his career at this time and this is a remarkably inventive and imaginative picture for that time. NARRATOR: The painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1812, where Turner insisted that it be hung at eye level. AMY CONCANNON: So it means that when you stand in front of it you are pulled in a way that viewers weren’t really used to. You’re pulled dramatically into that storm, into that vortex, and you’re meant to feel as if you’re there with Hannibal and his army in the Alps. It was a brilliant hit and it received sensational reviews. I think it’s still got the power and the drama to be an extraordinary work today.