The Genius of Salvator Rosa, c. 1662

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This etching, Salvator Rosa's psychological self-portrait, bears an inscription: Sincere, free, fiery painter and equable, despiser of wealth and death, this is my genius. He shows the artist naked, without worldly need. A Stoic philosopher and Pittura, goddess of painting, offer their wisdom, but the wreath in his hair gives us a clue as to where his innate sympathies lie. While we might expect a talented artist to wear a crown of laurels, Rosa's is crowned with ivy, the symbol of Bacchus and also the adornment of the satyress, the embodiment of unbridled passions.

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Title
The Genius of Salvator Rosa
Artist Life
(Naples), 1615–1673
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.98.31.9
Catalogue Raisonne
W.113 iii/iii; B.24
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