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Death of Atilius Regulus

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

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




Salvator Rosa
Italian, 1615-1673

About this artwork

Salvator Rosa paired this large-scale etching with a similarly oversize print of the crucifixion of Polycrates (the painting is also in the Art Institute collection, 1942.292). He dedicated this etching—depicting the gruesome end of the stalwart Roman consul Atilius Regulus at the hands of the Carthaginians—to his best friend, Giovanni Battista Riccardi, urging him to stay strong in the face of adverse fortune, just as Atilius Regulus “remains a firm center in the midst of so many nails.”


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Salvator Rosa


Death of Atilius Regulus


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1661–1662


Etching with drypoint on thick ivory laid paper


Plate: 46.2 × 72.6 cm (18 1/4 × 28 5/8 in.); Sheet: 52.7 × 76.3 cm (20 3/4 × 30 1/16 in.)

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John H. Wrenn Memorial Endowment

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