Painting inspired by Roman literature

April 25, 2013 | 5:57 p.m. CDT
This painting by Samuel Lancaster Gerry, called Lake of the Avernus, was inspired by an actual site that lies 18 miles west of Mount Vesuvius and by the classical description in Virgil’s "Aeneid" in which Lake Avernus is the entrance to the underworld. Gerry claimed nature was his best instructor.

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