Death of Atilius Regulus

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

Date:

1662

Artist:

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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Artist

Salvator Rosa

Title

Death of Atilius Regulus

Origin

Italy

Date

1661–1662

Medium

Etching with drypoint on thick ivory laid paper

Dimensions

462 x 726 mm (plate); 527 x 763 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

John H. Wrenn Memorial Endowment

Reference Number

1973.445

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