Witches' Sabbath (recto); Figures Gathered around a tree (verso)

Salvator Rosa (Italian, Arenella (Naples) 1615–1673 Rome)

Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash (recto and verso); framing lines in black chalk
8-9/16 x 12-1/2 in. (21.8 x 31.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Harry G. Sperling Fund, 1976
Accession Number:
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink at upper left of recto with a cross within a circle.

  • Provenance

    Christina, Queen of Sweden (Swedish, 1626–1689)(?); Decio Cardinal Azzolini ; Marchese Pompeo Azzolini ; Prince Livio Odescalchi (Rome); Prince Ladislao Odescalchi(Sixth drawing in the Odescalchi Album A)(according to Mahoney); Galerie Bassenge (Berlin)

  • References

    Michael Mahoney "Salvator Rosa Provenance Studies: Prince Livio Odescalchi and Queen Christina." in Master Drawings. vol. 3, no. 4, 1965, pp. 383-389.

    Jacob Bean (but catalogue not signed), The Metropolitan Museum of Art Roman Artists of the 17th Century: Drawings and Prints. Exh. cat., November 2, 1976-January 16, 1977. New York, 1976, n.p.

    Jacob Bean "Departmental Accessions: Drawings." in Annual Report of the Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, July 1, 1976 - June 30, 1977. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 107, New York, 1977, p. 45.

    Michael Mahoney The Drawings of Salvator Rosa. vols. 1, 2, New York and London, 1977, cat. no. Vol.1, no. 82.12, fig. no. Vol.2, fig.82.12, Vol.1, pp. 698-9.

    Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turcic 17th century Italian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1979, cat. no. 341, fig. no. 341, p. 258, ill.

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