St Michael’s Mount Shipwreck of Lycidas / The Death of Lycidas—Vision on the Guarded Mount

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A ship is tipped towards the viewer, almost completely submerged by a wave crashing over it. Only the main mast, part of a second mast, and a sliver of the deck rise above the tumultuous water. Men climb up the mast, attempting to find shelter in the crow's nest. A single figure appears at the bottom of the image, his arms outstretched, threatened with complete submersion by the tumbling wave. At the top of the image a cliff rises out of the water, a church on its crest; a Christ-like figure stands in cruciform on its single tower, encompassed by a circle of light. At the level of the sloping ship, to the left of the image, an ambiguous darkness forms an opening in the crashing waters. What is perhaps a cave at the top of a waterfall is visible at the center of this dark culmination of waves.3A ship is tipped towards the viewer, almost completely submerged by a wave crashing over it. Only the main mast, part of a second mast, and a sliver of the deck rise above the tumultuous water. Men climb up the mast, attempting to find shelter in the crow's nest. A single figure appears at the bottom of the image, his arms outstretched, threatened with complete submersion by the tumbling wave. At the top of the image a cliff rises out of the water, a church on its crest; a Christ-like figure stands in cruciform on its single tower, encompassed by a circle of light. At the level of the sloping ship, to the left of the image, an ambiguous darkness forms an opening in the crashing waters. What is perhaps a cave at the top of a waterfall is visible at the center of this dark culmination of waves.