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Polycrates and the Fisherman

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1664

Artist:

Salvator Rosa
Italian, 1615–1673

About this artwork

This painting and its companion piece recount the story of the Greek king Polycrates, as told by the ancient historian Herodotus. Polycrates, ruler of the island of Samos, worried that he was tempting fate with his great prosperity. He tried to introduce some counterbalancing misfortune into his life by throwing a precious signet ring into the sea, but it was swallowed by a large fish and returned to the king by a fisherman, the episode shown here. Polycrates’s good fortune came to an end when he was entrapped by Oroetus of Sardis and put to death, the event illustrated in Polycrates’ Crucifixion.

Status

On View, Gallery 209

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Salvator Rosa

Title

Polycrates and the Fisherman

Origin

Italy

Date

1664

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed at lower right: SR (in ligature)

Dimensions

28 1/2 × 38 13/16 in. (73 × 98.6 cm)

Credit Line

Wentworth Greene Field Memorial Fund

Reference Number

1942.291

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