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An image of The genius of Salvator Rosa by Salvator Rosa

Salvator Rosa

(Italy 1615 – 1673)

Title
The genius of Salvator Rosa
Year
circa 1662
Media category
Print
Materials used
etching and drypoint
Edition
iii of 3 states
Dimensions

45.7 x 27.6 cm platemark (irreg.); 52.9 x 39.4 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1979
Accession number
230.1979
Location
Not on display
Further information

Famous in his day also as a painter and musician, Rosa was one of the most inventive artists and extravagant personalities of 17th-century art. His desire was to be a learned painter of histories and allegories. The inscription states the artist's philosophical ambitions: 'Sincere, free, fiery painter and equable, despiser of wealth and death, this is my genius. Salvator Rosa'.

Bibliography (4)

Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 10. no catalogue numbers

Nicholas Draffin (Curator), The bitten image: European etchings from the collection, Sydney, 1980, 4. no catalogue numbers

Nicolas Draffin, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Prints and Drawings - Australia, European and American', pg. 47-66, Sydney, 1981, 58 (illus.). cat.no. 23

Peter Raissis, Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian old master prints from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1998, 5, 8. no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (6)

The Bitten Image: European etchings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Jul 1980–14 Sep 1980

Three years on: acquisitions 1978-81, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Oct 1981–01 Dec 1981

Piety and Paganism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jul 1991–29 Sep 1991

Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian Old Master Prints from the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jun 1998–20 Sep 1998

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014