TURNER, Joseph Mallord William
(b. 1775, London, d. 1851, Chelsea)

Snow Storm, Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps

1812
Oil on canvas, 145 x 236,5 cm
Tate Gallery, London

Turner shows the world as a visionary inter-realm between its origin in chaos and its infernal end. This painting confounds the viewers by the coexistence of traditional painting and the depiction of chaos through a chaotic application of paint. Here Turner was depicting the impotence of seemingly powerful humans faced with the primeval forces of nature.