J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) is considered Britain's greatest painter, renowned for his stunning landscapes, seascapes, and depictions of the beauty and wrath of Nature. A new traveling exhibition of his later works, "J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free" (now at the de Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco through Sept. 20, 2015), reveals the depth of the elements in Turner's art.
For one acclaimed painting, "Snow Storm: Steam-Boat off a Harbour's Mouth" (1842), Turner claimed that in order to experience the torrent of the storm from a ship, he asked sailors to tie him to the mast, so as not to be blown overboard.
"He said, 'I was there for four hours, and I didn't think I was gonna survive. But if I did, I felt bound to record it,'" co-curator Julian Brooks told CBS News. "Frankly, looking at something like this, you feel it. You're right in the storm with him. I challenge anyone to stand close to this and not be buffeted by it."
By CBSNews.com senior producer David Morgan