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Style of Salvator Rosa, 'A Coastal Scene', probably 18th century

Key facts
Full title A Coastal Scene
Artist Style of Salvator Rosa
Artist dates 1615 - 1673
Date made probably 18th century
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 88.9 × 118.8 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number NG935
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
A Coastal Scene
Style of Salvator Rosa

This picture, inspired by the landscapes of Salvator Rosa, was probably painted by an Italian artist working during the eighteenth century. A rock in the foreground to the right of the figures bears a prominent ‘SR’ monogram – a ruse to encourage potential buyers to believe that the painting was a genuine Rosa.

We look down a gentle incline towards a calm lake. The buildings dotted around it are made small by the steeply sloped mountain that towers above them, emphasising man’s fragility in the face of nature’s grandeur and power. In the foreground peasants rest and cattle gather at the water’s edge.

The scene is filled with a golden Italianate light, though the landscape itself is almost certainly fictitious. The broken and silhouetted branches growing out of the rocky outcrop on the left are typical of Rosa’s landscapes, and were likely included to emulate his style.

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