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Title

The crucifixion of Polycrates

circa 1662


Artist

Salvator Rosa

Italy

1615 - 1673


About

The inscription reads: 'Polycrates, the tyrant of Samos, famous for his wealth and good fortune, when he was captured by Oretes, Satrap of the Persians, and fastened on a cross showed that no one can truly be said to be happy until he is dead'. The subject, derived from the account of Polycrates' life and death in Herodotus, was an unusually learned one in the art of the time.


Details


Date

circa 1662


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching


Edition

2/2


Dimensions

47.3 x 72.2 cm


Credit

Purchased 1979


Location

Not on display


Accession number

231.1979


Artist information

Salvator Rosa

Works in the collection

12


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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

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