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Mountainous Landscape with Figures
Style of Salvator Rosa

Salvator Rosa’s dramatic late landscapes presented nature as wild and dangerous, and were filled with striking effects of broken light, jagged trees and remote signs of civilisation. This picture is thought to be by an imitator working in Rosa’s style during the late seventeenth century: it lacks the rich colouring and the variety and clarity of detail for which Rosa was celebrated in Rome during the 1650s and 1660s.

The figures in this picture appear to derive from Rosa’s The Crucifixion of Polycrates (The Art Institute of Chicago), painted around 1664, where a group is shown recoiling in horror on seeing Polycrates' withered and limp body. Here, something or someone just out of view to the right of the picture has caught their attention. High on the side of a rocky hill are more figures eager to take a look.

Key facts
Artist Style of Salvator Rosa
Artist dates 1615 - 1673
Full title Mountainous Landscape with Figures
Date made after 17th century
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 76.5 x 111.5 cm
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Mrs F.L. Ricketts, 1886
Inventory number NG1206
Location in Gallery Not on display
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