We are delighted to announce that, as part of our #Harryhausen100 celebrations, the painting ‘Jupiter Pluvius’ by artist Joseph Michael Gandy (1771–1843) will be put on public display at the Tate Gallery in London. This is the first time that the restored artwork has gone on public display.
This spectacular work, completed in 1819, depicts a huge, sprawling, ancient city; vibrantly alive, showing the everyday life of the civilisation that dwelt there, as imagined by Gandy. The entire city is dominated by a colossal seated statue of the god Jupiter. The architectural scene depicted was a direct influence on Ray’s vision of Hera’s temple in ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ (1962), as well as the sprawling city of Argos in ‘Clash of the Titans’ (1981) This painting was one of Ray Harryhausen’s prize possessions, and hung proudly in his London home. The painting has been carefully cleaned and restored by the Tate’s expert conservation team, meaning that this fantastic piece of work can be viewed in its original glory.
'Gandy is a relatively unknown painter but for sheer spectacle there are few others who come anywhere near him. This painting is one of my most prized possessions and has been a huge inspiration to me throughout my career, teaching me to think big and give my inspiration free rein.’