|Conversion of St. Paul,|
You've probably never heard of him, and that's understandable. He was an excellent academic painter, a member of the Royal Academy, but no Gainsborough or Reynolds by any means. He was a skilled practitioner who happened to be as much interested in science as art, and found exciting ways to blend the two together. About 1765, for instance, he experimented with nocturnal light effects, using moonlight, painting several scenes he observed of Mount Vesuvius erupting. Later, he moved inside and depicted a number of scientific experiments. His work is a meeting of the arts and sciences that in fact, was not all that exceptional at the time, especially in the days before modern photography. Today unfortunately, it seems to us quite unusual.
|A Philosopher Giving a Lecture on the Orrery,|
1776, Joseph Wright