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Alexander in the Studio of Apelles

A work made of etching and drypoint on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching and drypoint on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1662

Artist:

Salvator Rosa
Italian, 1615-1673

About this artwork

Salvator Rosa most likely intended this large print as a companion to his The Genius of Salvator Rosa (2002.463). It shows a story from the Roman author Pliny of how Alexander the Great was humbled and mocked by the famous Greek painter Apelles. As the inscription describes, in the studio Alexander made many uninformed comments, and Apelles advised him to be silent, saying that the boys engaged in grinding colors were laughing at him. Like Apelles, Rosa had no qualms about declaring his superiority over his patrons. This anecdote was therefore a natural choice for the confident and headstrong Rosa, who wished to spread his reputation as a rebellious artist.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Salvator Rosa

Title

Alexander in the Studio of Apelles

Place

Italy (Artist's nationality)

Date

Made 1657–1667

Medium

Etching and drypoint on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

Plate: 45.5 × 27.3 cm (17 15/16 × 10 3/4 in.); Sheet: 46.7 × 28.5 cm (18 7/16 × 11 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Endowment

Reference Number

1995.30

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