Vesuvius and Pompeii

  • Robert S. Duncanson, Vesuvius and Pompeii, 1870, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Joseph Agostinelli, 1983.95.177

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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.

Title
Vesuvius and Pompeii
Artist
Date
1870
On View
Dimensions
10 x 15 5/8 in. (25.4 x 39.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Joseph Agostinelli

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Landscape – phenomenon – volcano
  • Landscape – mountain – Mount Vesuvius
  • Cityscape – Italy – Pompeii
  • Architecture Exterior – ruins
  • Architecture Exterior – classical
  • Object – art object – painting
Object Number
1983.95.177
Palette
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