Bandits on a Rocky Coast

Salvator Rosa Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 620

Rosa became known for his distinctive, theatrically dressed figures in the guise of bandits or soldiers set within rugged, menacing landscapes like the one above this doorway. The character of the landscape highlighted the potential ferocity of his protagonists, suggesting a narrative tension even without any identifiable story. Many of the figures in this painting relate to Rosa’s etchings that disseminated his influence across Europe.

Bandits on a Rocky Coast, Salvator Rosa (Italian, Arenella (Naples) 1615–1673 Rome), Oil on canvas

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