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Maker(s):Coccorante, Leonardo (attributed to)
Culture:Italian (1680-1750)
Title:The Storm
Date Made:ca. 1730
Materials:oil on canvas
Measurements:Stretcher: 62 in x 93 3/8 in; 157.5 cm x 237.2 cm
Accession Number:  AC P.1922.1
Credit Line:Gift of Frank L. Babbott (Class of 1878)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
The Storm is an example of “vedute ideate,” a style of landscape painting that developed in Naples following the seventeenth-century Romantic tradition. Painters of this style specialized in disasters at sea and divination scenes set in imagined locations, often dramatic coastlines dotted with crumbling ruins. These proto-cinematic images contributed to an overarching European fascination with the Sublime: a mixture of awe and terror, an intense emotional reaction to darkness, mystery, and peril. Here, inky waters force a tiny life raft toward jagged rocks while a sailor attempts a rescue on shore. Has someone been pinned against the stone platform by unrelenting waves? Above, a man in an archaic relief pleads for mercy, inviting an imaginative leap into the scene to experience mounting suspense.

Written by Katrina Greene
Andrew W. Mellon Post-Baccalaureate Curatorial Fellow, 2009–11

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