Work of Art: Crater of Popocatépetl
Jean-Baptiste Louis Gros
French
1793-1870
Crater of Popocatépetl
1833
Oil on paper laid down on canvas
12 x 17 in. (30.5 x 43.2 cm)
Purchased with funds given in memory of Harlan Craig Brown

Although a gifted painter, Gros’ primary career was as a diplomat. This spectacular view of the volcano of Popocatépetl in Mexico is one of several views of this famous natural wonder Gros painted during his term as First Secretary of the French delegation to Mexico (1832–1836).

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