Mount Vesuvius erupting
Horace Vernet (1789-Paris-1863)
The painting portrays Horace Vernet himself with his father during their visit to the erupting Vesuvius, between the spring and summer of 1820. Executed in circa 1820-22, the work was exhibited in a private showing at the painter´s atelier during the 1822 Salon. No fewer than 45 works by Vernet were on view, many of which depicted famous Italian subjects such as the Start of the Race of the Riderless Horses today at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Alberto Di Castro
"European Works of Art and Sculpture, Furniture and Decorative Arts"