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Polycrates' Crucifixion

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1664

Artist:

Salvator Rosa
Italian, 1615–1673

About this artwork

A native of Naples, Salvator Rosa settled in Rome in 1649, producing dramatic works regarded as counterparts to the calm, classical landscapes of his contemporaries Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin. Rosa’s landscapes present nature as wild, filled with striking effects of light, jagged cliffs, and dark grottoes. These qualities underline the eerie mood in his depiction of the death of Polycrates, ruler of the Greek island of Samos. Together with its companion piece Polycrates and the Fisherman, it illustrates the king’s inability to escape the ups and downs of fortune to which all humans are subject.

Status

On View, Gallery 209

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Salvator Rosa

Title

Polycrates' Crucifixion

Origin

Italy

Date

1664

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

28 7/8 × 38 15/16 in. (73.4 × 98.9 cm)

Credit Line

Wentworth Greene Field Memorial Fund

Reference Number

1942.292

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