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Virgil's Tomb: Sun Breaking through a Cloud

Photo credit: National Museums Northern Ireland

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Wright travelled in Italy from 1774 to 1776 and produced many fine drawings of classical subjects and geological curiosities. On his return to England Wright used these drawings to produce a number of paintings of Italian subjects, many of which employ dramatic effects of light. Virgil's Tomb, near Naples, was much visited on the ‘Grand Tour’ due to its picturesque appearance and the great esteem in which the Roman poet Virgil was held in the eighteenth century.

Ulster Museum

Belfast


Date

1785

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 47 x W 65 cm

Accession number

BELUM.U2368

Acquisition method

purchased, 1975

Work type

Painting


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Ulster Museum

Botanic Gardens, Belfast, County Antrim BT9 5AB Northern Ireland

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