Thursday, 3 September 2009

‘Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps’ – JMW Turner exhibited 1812


I confess I’m not grabbed by every canvas that Joseph Mallord William Turner smeared weather over, but this one does something more for me than most.

You can feel how much Hannibal had against him; you can sense the immensity of the challenge in doing what was thought impossible – and the distant glimmering of the triumph awaiting. him.

Read about the history here.


  1. Yah, great piece.

    ..smeared weather over

    Heh. Barbarian. Turner's tops.

  2. Hah! Turnerian! [ Clearly the sign of a foggy epistemology. ;^) ]

    So wot's your top Turner?

  3. If you can't be bothered reading, Dan Carlin covers the Punic Wars in three audio parts at Hardcore History. Scroll down to shows 21, 22, and 23.


1. Commenters are welcome and invited.
2. All comments are moderated. Off-topic grandstanding, spam, and gibberish will be ignored. Tu quoque will be moderated.
3. Read the post before you comment. Challenge facts, but don't simply ignore them.
4. Use a name. If it's important enough to say, it's important enough to put a name to.
5. Above all: Act with honour. Say what you mean, and mean what you say.