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Saint William of Maleval, hands tied with rope fastened to a tree

Artist:
Salvator Rosa (Italian, Arenella (Naples) 1615–1673 Rome)
Date:
1661
Medium:
Etching and Drypoint
Dimensions:
Sheet: 13 7/16 x 11 5/16 in. (34.2 x 28.8 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1917
Accession Number:
17.50.17-90
Not on view
St. William was an immoral soldier who later took up a monastic life. He is depicted here doing penitence in a forested valley in a region of Siena known as Maleval. Rosa presents the saint as a solitary penitent figure tensely situated in an uncomfortable pose and quietly contemplating a cross. The loneliness of the figure is augmented by the jagged style in which the forest is rendered, especially through the extreme gradations of shading. The theme of the contemplative penitent is common in works by Rosa as also seen in the Metropolitan's Self-Portrait (21.105) where the artist represents himself as a scholarly penitent.
Inscription: Lettered lower right: S. Rosa
Earls of Pembroke
Wallace 1979, no. 99; Theodoli 1992, no.99; Rotili 1974, no.90; Bartsch, XX.268.1; TIB comment.45.4512.001 S2
Adam von Bartsch Le Peintre graveur. Vienna, 1803.

Mario Rotili Salvator Rosa incisore. Societa' Editrice Napoletana, Naples, 1974.

TIB The Illustrated Bartsch - Commentary Volumes. 1978–.

Richard W. Wallace The Etchings of Salvator Rosa. Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1979.

Olimpia Theodoli Salvator Rosa 1615-1673. Acqueforti. 1992.



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