Wooded Bank with Figures

Rosa was one of the first artists known to have painted nature 'en plein air', or out-of-doors. This sketch is unusual in that it appears to have been painted on two separate occasions. The fissures and cracks in the rocks and the foliage above are loosely painted, while details such as the bamboo leaves, grass and flowers seem to have been added at a later date. It is possible that Salvator Rosa added these details back in the studio, and the addition of the bandits turns the sketch into a finished painting.

Key facts

Artist dates
1615 - 1673
Full title
Wooded Bank with Figures
Date made
probably 1660s
Medium and support
Oil on paper laid down on board
28.1 × 41.7 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery