The Genius of Salvator Rosa

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

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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Artist

Salvator Rosa

Title

The Genius of Salvator Rosa

Origin

Italy

Date

1657–1667

Medium

Etching and drypoint on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

460 x 275 mm (plate); 580 x 436 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Anselmo Carini Memorial Fund

Reference Number

2002.463

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