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Analyses of the eruption materials of the Vesuvius of Wörlitz
It took VolcanismInTheArts some days to analyse intensely the eruptive materials of the Wörlitz Vesuvius. Next to the usual light-, warmth-, smoke- and ash-emissions a title-eruption has been registered simular to ERUZIONE D'ARTE A STROMBOLI. Meanwhile according to our perception a title-eruption is always an objective hint for cultural volcano-activities.

There is a title-eruption when for example between the volcanic eruption-material can be found a book. So we managed after the eruption in Wörlitz at the 1st of September 2005 eruption in Wörlitz at the 1st of September 2005 to pick up a freshly thrown out book directly from the ash. Still hot we could transport this into our Berlin observation-station to let it cool down cautiously.

A successful title eruption is actually just existing when a thrown out book is stripping itself as a tempting layer of mental eruptions.

In this manner in the present book "Der Vulkan im Wörlitzer Park" there is a layer found of Dieter Richter of the University Bremen, excellent well-read on the literature and cultural history of the Vesuvius - more under literature - in which he deletes definitely the smouldering and german question: Why there is an artificial Vesuvius placed in the park of Wörlitz?

The layer of Joanna Geyer-Kordesch of the university of Glasgow is telling about the simultaneous appearance of two European grand eruptions in the second half of the 18th century, the industrial and the volcanic fire, and their artistic inspirations and uses by countless cultural interested people - very detailed depicted for example with the work of the English painter Joseph Wright of Derby - which is digged out in an other layer by Joachim von der Thüsen of the Universiteit Utrecht, who describes that fiery influences on all arts additional with the work of Naples located English painter Pietro Fabris, which further then advanced to Hamilton´s "official" volcano-painter. Both authors interpret the work of Wright of Derby in different ways, even both don't recognize his gouache Vesuvius as one of the first coloured sketches in art history, and as an artist-related action-painting too. Specially this "spilled discovery" testifies again how neccessary it is to increase the discussion on the theme "volcano and human and art".

In the following layers of the book can be discovered many other exquisite findings - for example of the art-historian Carlo Knight about Hamilton´s houses in Naples, Uwe Quilitzsch the director of the library and archives of the Kulturstiftung DessauWörlitz writes about Hamilton´s influence on and his later glowing admiration of Fürst Leopold Friedrich Franz von Anhalt-Dessau, as well as further international authors scribe on extended themes around the Wörlitzer Vesuvius, the villa Hamilton with its now open for public art-treasure designed in the life-style of Pompeji and Herculaneum as well as an actual version of the volcanical story-layers of the Vesuvius at the golf of Naples.

All in all the book "Der Vulkan im Wörlitzer Park", published 2005 by Nicolai Verlag Berlin, 194 pages with several colour-prints of both Vesuvius, successful continues the way, the Fürst had started 1794 as he opened volcanic reconnaissance with Goethe's "Iphigenie auf Tauris" in the amphitheatre of the Wörlitz Vesuvius. For further information and sources:

Author: Karawahn
Translation: Kerstin Quitsch

Brought the cultural quality of volcano-eruptions in artistic form to Germany: Fürst Leopold Friedrich Franz von Anhalt-Dessau in a portrait of Anton Maron 1766 © Kulturstiftung DessauWörlitz

The volcano-island at that time of the photo shoot still not freed from the overgrow with the spur of the Italian boot-tip (left-middle), and the above located islands, the smaller "Stromboli" and the bigger "Sicily" © Foto Ludwig Trauzettel

Sir William Hamilton: "Inventor" of volcanology and the promoter of volcanism in the arts portrayed with candles by David Allan 1775 © National Portrait Gallery London

All images are from the book "Der Vulkan von Wörlitz"
© Nicolaische Verlagsbuchhandlung Berlin 2005



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