July 4 - Celebration and Fireworks!

Artists and paintings of fireworks, enjoy the images! Scroll down, there are 7 artworks. It was a lot of fun finding these; some are for celebrations other than our own July 4th. 

One of these works is done by Laura Piranesi in the 18th century. It turns out she was the daughter of Giovanni Battista Piranesi the well known artist, architect and engraver (search for his invented architectural subterranean "prisons" -- amazing!).* Her lifelong art career was overshadowed by her famous father as well as her brother who was also an artist.

James McNeil Whistler, Nocturne in Black and Gold, the Falling Rocket, 1875


Edward Middleton Manigault, The Rocket 1909


Léon Cogniet, Fireworks at Castel Sant' Angelo in Rome


Laura Piranesi, The pinwheel in Castel Sant'Angelo, ca 1755-85


Utagawa Hiroshigi, Fireworks at Ryƍgoku Bridge, 1856–58


Jacob Philipp Hackert, Fireworks over Cast el Sant'Angelo in Rome, c.1775


Jacob Philipp Hackert, Fireworks over Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome, 1775

* a future blog post, the subterranean invented, atmospheric "prisons" of Piranesi. 


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