vesuvius in eruption


The skeletons of Herculaneum.
Thought to be the remains of those killed following the eruption of mount Vesuvius in 79AD.
The victims were found huddled in groups taking refuge inside the cramped boat houses by the shore. They were possibly awaiting evacuation or hoping for the disaster to pass, but were killed instantly by a blast of debris and gas that melted the flesh from their bones and left them forever frozen in a blanket of ash.

Johan Christian Dahl (1788-1857)
“Eruption of Vesuvius” (1826)

Mount Vesuvius is a volcano located on the Gulf of Naples in Campania, Italy, about 9 km (5.6 mi) east of Naples. It is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and several other settlements.

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Another 5 Random Italy Facts

* When McDonald’s opened in 1986 in Rome, food purists outside the restaurant gave away free spaghetti to remind people of their culinary heritage

* Italians suffer more earthquakes than any other Europeans. In 1693, an estimated 100,000 people died in an earthquake in Sicily. The most deadly recent quake occurred in Naples in 1980, killing 3,000.

* No other country in Europe has as many volcanoes as Italy. This is because the Italian peninsula stands on a fault line. 3 major volcanoes (Etna, Stromboli, and Vesuvius) have erupted in the last hundred years.

* Italy’s birthrate is the 2nd-lowest in the Western world. Both political and church leaders have expressed concern and have offered rewards to couples who have more than 1 child.

* From 1861 to 1985, more than 26 million people left Italy (mostly from the south) to seek a better life. Only 1 in 4 came home again.

When we touch
We combust
As if Vesuvius
Were to erupt
Like the stars
In the sky,
Bright as day,
Dark as night
Your galaxies
Pour out light
Pulling me in,
Holding me tight,
As I orbit around
Your solar system
Belts of stars,
And constellations
Time will freeze
Then continue
You are my universe
I’ll explore space with you
—  J. DeLissio, day 153, “the space within us”
Sacred Landscape, from Pompeii

This Roman wall painting dates back to 63-79 AD. It was found in either Herculaneum or Pompeii, but most likely Pompeii. It is a perfect example of the third Pompeian style by adding amazing dimensions on a flat surface instead of it seeming like the person is looking into a distant space. This painting would have been on a flat wall in a house or other building. Despite the painting being on a flat wall, the painting itself is extremely realistic and the proportions of distance are very believable.

It depicts a tower, trees, statues, and human figures, which when combined forms something called a sacred landscape. Shepherds are shown around their sheep as they wander through the serene landscape, most likely of Pompeii (before Vesuvius erupted). The light brush strokes allow for it to seem airy and fresh. Overall, this painting is a perfect example of Roman paintings and also the third Pompeian style.

J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851)
“Mount Vesuvius in Eruption” (1817)
Watercolor on paper
Located in the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, United States


The Forum by Colin McBride
Via Flickr:
With some new art installation.