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Study for Polycrates’ Crucifixion

A work made of pen and brown iron gall ink on tan laid paper, laid down on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of pen and brown iron gall ink on tan laid paper, laid down on cream laid paper.

Date:

c. 1662

Artist:

Salvator Rosa
Italian, 1615-1673

About this artwork

A painter, draftsman, and printmaker, as well as a satirical poet and actor, Salvator Rosa was one of the most idiosyncratic Roman artists of the 17th century. This rare subject, related to both a painting and a large etching in the Art Institute’s collection, is of the crucifixion in 522 b.c. of the wealthy and greedy tyrant of Samos, Polycrates, who incited the envy of the Persian viceroy of Sardis, Oroetes, to his peril.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Salvator Rosa

Title

Study for Polycrates’ Crucifixion

Origin

Italy

Date

1657–1667

Medium

Pen and brown iron gall ink on tan laid paper, laid down on cream laid paper

Dimensions

132 x 67 mm

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Anne Searle Bent in honor of Thomas Baron

Reference Number

2007.81

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