Mount Vesuvius

On a visit to southern Italy in 1638, Kircher watched Vesuvius as it began to rumble and smoulder. Overcome by curiosity, he hiked to the rim of the active volcano. He later wrote, “When finally I reached the crater, it was terrible to behold. The whole area was lit up by the fires, and the glowing sulphur and bitumen produced an intolerable vapour. It was just like hell, only lacking the demons to complete the picture!”

From the 17th century, prints were increasingly used to document all the aspects of nature and science, both for specialists and for general audiences. This print is from Mundus Subterraneus.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
52/2011/11
Collection Class
Prints
Medium
on paper
Common Name
Mount Vesuvius
Simple Name
print
Period Classification
Charles I (1625-1649)
Production Town

Production Date
1638
Production Person Initials
TheodorAthanasius
Production Person Surname
MathamKircher
Production Year Low
1638
Production Year High
1638

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Mount Vesuvius