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

Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 10. 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 (5)

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