Traditionally attributed Salvator Rosa (Italian, Arenella (Naples) 1615–1673 Rome)
Pen and brown ink, over traces of black chalk
6 3/8 x 6 11/16 in. (16.1 x 17 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1970
Not on view
This drawing is by the same artist as a sheet of sketches of five male figures in Copenhagen (Statens Museum for Kunst, inv. GB 7071), as noted by Joachim Meyer and Chris Fischer. Whether this artist is to be identified as "Follower of Domenico Gargiulo, called Micco Spadaro" is not certain. The traditional early attribution to Salvator Rosa, annotated on the sheet, is presently mantained until further study. (Carmen C. Bambach, 2014)
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Annotated at center of lower border in pen and brown ink, by 18th century hand, "S. Rosa;" verso annotated at lower border in black chalk: "15."
Einar Perman, Stockholm (Swedish)
Joachim Meyer, Chris Fischer Neapolitan Drawings. Italian Drawings in the Department of Prints and Drawings, Statens Museum for Kunst. Copenhagen, 2006, p. 73, under no. 23, fig. 23a (as follower of Domenico Gargiulo, called Micco Spadaro).