Mattia Jona, Master Drawings and Prints, Japanese Prints - Piazzetta Guastalla 5, 20122 Milan, Italy, tel (+39) 02 8053315


Salvator Rosa, a saint in ecstasy

lente

SALVATOR ROSA (Arenella 1615 - Rome 1673) STUDY FOR A SAINT IN ECSTASY. ON THE VERSO A SKETCH FOR THE SAME FIGURE
Red chalk. Partly framed with black chalk. 130 x 104 mm. Inscribed in black chalk on the recto, bottom right corner '8'.
PROVENANCE: The third Earl of Plymouth. See 'Important Old Master Drawings', Christie's, London 1 July 1986, lot 243 as 'Neapolitan School, 17th century'. The attribution to Salvator Rosa had been already made by John Gere with a note handwritten on the old mount.
Chalk was not the medium which best conveyed Rosa's graphic agility, but our drawing compares very well with the study for the main figure in the etching 'The finding of Oedipus', now at the Brera, which Mahoney describes as 'of a unique quality among the known essays in this medium'. See Michael Mahoney, 'The Drawings of Salvator Rosa', New York & London, 1977; cat. no. 70.1. The drawing at the Brera must be dated around 1663, when the Oedipus etching was completed.

Salvator Rosa studied in Naples under his brother-in-law, Francesco Francanzano (a follower of Ribera), and the battle-painter Aniello Falcone. In 1635 he went to Rome where he also developed literary interests. In Florence, between 1640 and 1649, he enjoyed Medici patronage and formed a literary society, the 'Accademia dei Percossi' (Academy of the Afflicted), a crossroads for literati and artists. At this time Rosa emerged as a poet, composing verse satires on music, poetry, painting; he also wrote lyrics for songs. Rosa returned in 1649 to Rome.
Rosa was impressed by both the naturalism of Ribera and the classicism of Poussin, but, being extremely independent of spirit and confident of his own genius, he allied himself with no one. Although his fame rested mostly on his work as a landscapist, Rosa preferred to be regarded as a history painter. He also chose subjects of an esoteric and philosophic nature, which he often introduced into his landscapes. Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Rosa's works were immensely popular and influential, especially among landscape painters.
Rosa was a skillful etcher and an extraordinary draughtsman.

price: 3.100,00 euros

if you need more information

back to the page of old master prints and drawings
back to main page
back to the top of page