Pierre Jacques Volaire

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Pierre Jacques Volaire

Volaire painted Vesuvius dozens of times, often in panoramic canvases (one stretched twelve feet long) that sometimes differed only slightly. His favorite view is from the Monte Somma, looking out over the Bay of Naples and the volcanic islands of Ischia and Procida. To the right, on the ridge, down slope from the three crosses, is the Hermitage, the future site of the volcano observatory. Private Collection.