ANDRÉ DURAND Twenty-First Century Paintings

LA MADONNA DEL VESUVIO CON I CINQUE PENITENTI by André Durand (2010) (Mary, Madonna, Jesus, volcano, Vesuevius, Pompei)



Dimensions: 100 cm

Oil on linen

Collection of the artist


Matthew 9:13 But go and learn what this means:I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.

Mark 2:17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them,It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.

Luke 15:2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.

Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.

Mount Vesuvius: Eruption History

Photos: André Durand

Mount Vesuvius has experienced eight major eruptions in the last 17,000 years. The 79 AD eruption is one of the most well known ancient eruptions in the world, and may have killed more than 16,000 people. Ash, mud and rocks from this eruption buried the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Pompeii is famous for the casts the hot ash formed around victims of the eruptions. The unfortunate people suffocated on ash in the air, which then covered them and preserved amazing details of their clothing and faces.

Starting in 1631, Vesuvius entered a period of steady volcanic activity, including lava flows and eruptions of ash and mud. Violent eruptions in the late 1700s, 1800s and early 1900s created more fissures, lava flows, and ash-and-gas explosions. These damaged or destroyed many towns around the volcano, and sometimes killed people; the eruption of 1906 had more than 100 casualties. The most recent eruption was in 1944 during World War II. It caused major problems for the newly-arrived Allied forces in Italy when ash and rocks from the eruption destroyed planes and forced evacuations at a nearby airbase.