Thursday, February 17, 2011


Imagination must be wanting in the people to whom such a spectacle does not appeal with singular force, and on whose minds it does not leave a profound impression.
~ "The Volcanoes of Central America," Harper’s, 1859

Vesuvius from Posíllipo
by Joseph Wright
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven

Vesuvius erupting at Night, circa 1768
by William Marlow

by Frederic Edwin Church

Outbreak of the Vesuvius
by Johan Christian Claussen Dahl (1826),
collection Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main

Ukiyoe depicting 1888 Eruption of Mount Bandai, Japan
by Tankei Inoue

Volcano of Delight, 1890
Composer: J.P. Melmoth

An illustration from Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
painted by Édouard Riou

Mount Aetna from Taormina, 1842
by Thomas Cole


~ Smithsonian/USGS Volcanic Activity Report
~ Earth As Art:Volcanoes
~ Volcano Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans


Burning Oil said...

Excellent variety of art on the volcano theme.

Of all nature's shows of strength, there's none more visual than a volcano.

Very profound impressions indeed.

M Pax said...

I live in a place formed by volcanoes. My backyard is carved out of lava from a massive eruption 6,000 years ago.

The tallest Cascades are usually volcanoes. To the west. To the east of me, extinct volcanoes which once flowed under a sea which is no more.

Makes for some really awesome scenery.