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The Genius of Salvator Rosa

A work made of etching and drypoint on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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




Salvator Rosa
Italian, 1615-1673

About this artwork

A bizarre and brilliant artist, Salvator Rosa was also known as an eccentric and extraordinary personality in the Baroque era, a persona embodied in The Genius of Salvator Rosa. The inscription reads “Sincere, free, fiery painter and equable, despiser of wealth and death, this is my genius, Salvator Rosa,” while the trumpeting cherub and prominent figure of Fame especially underscore his ambitions as a painter of profound allegories and histories. Finally, the crumpled music pages and grass growing over a sculpture reveal his admission that there is a possibility of failure.


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Salvator Rosa


The Genius of Salvator Rosa


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching and drypoint on ivory laid paper


Plate: 46 × 27.5 cm (18 1/8 × 10 7/8 in.); Sheet: 58 × 43.6 cm (22 7/8 × 17 3/16 in.)

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Anselmo Carini Memorial Fund

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