(b. 1827, Düsseldorf, d. 1905, Düsseldorf)

Fireworks in Naples

Oil on canvas, 66 x 102 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Achenbach's favourite theme was the striking states of nature: a moonlit night, thunderclouds, fog, and so on. In the present work, his effective approach doubles the real-life event in pursuit of the same goal: a powerful visual impression.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 18 minutes):
Handel: Fireworks Music