Salvator Rosa

1615 - 1673

Rosa was one of the least conventional artists of 17th-century Italy, and was adopted as a hero by painters of the Romantic movement in the later 18th and early 19th centuries. He was mainly a painter of landscapes, but the range of his subject matter was unusually wide and included portraits and allegories. He also depicted scenes of witchcraft, influenced by Northern prints.

Rosa's training took place in Naples, where he was born, and the main influences on his early work were Ribera and Aniello Falcone, a painter best known for his battle scenes. Following visits to Rome in the later 1630s Rosa worked in Florence and its neighbourhood (1640-9), before returning to Rome, where he eventually died.

His scenes of witchcraft reveal his interest in the irrational and less conventional intellectual preoccupations of his age. These also formed the background to his etchings, and to the satires which he wrote.

Related paintings

Landscape with Tobias and the Angel
Salvator Rosa
probably 1660-73
Landscape with Tobias and the Angel
Philosophy
Salvator Rosa
about 1645
Philosophy
Witches at their Incantations
Salvator Rosa
about 1646
Witches at their Incantations
Wooded Bank with Figures
Attributed to Salvator Rosa
probably 1660s
Wooded Bank with Figures
A Coastal Scene
Style of Salvator Rosa
probably 18th century
A Coastal Scene
Mountainous Landscape with Figures
Style of Salvator Rosa
after 17th century
Mountainous Landscape with Figures
Tobias and the Angel
Style of Salvator Rosa
17th century
Tobias and the Angel
The Philosophers' Wood
After Salvator Rosa
after 1645
The Philosophers' Wood
 
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