Laura Gascoigne

Artistic rumblings

Volcano: Turner to Warhol<br /> Compton Verney, until 31 October

Volcano: Turner to Warhol
Compton Verney, until 31 October

On my desk is a lump of lava, a memento of Vesuvius. It doesn’t look like much, but neither does the volcano from the cinder track that winds around to its summit. From close to, Vesuvius is a giant ash heap; it’s from across the bay that the magic works.

Never does distance lend more enchantment to the view than in the case of volcanoes: when they’re exploding they’re plain dangerous, and when not they’re really rather dull.

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