Salvator Rosa Italian

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One of the most fascinating and complex personalities in seventeenth-century Italy, Salvator Rosa was an accomplished painter, printmaker, poet, and actor. Here he shows himself inscribing a skull with the Greek words “Behold, whither, eventually.” The wreath of cypress is an emblem of mourning, while on the table sits a book by the Roman stoic philosopher Seneca. According to the inscription, the picture was a present for Rosa’s friend Giovanni Battista Ricciardi, a gifted man of letters from Pisa.

Self-Portrait, Salvator Rosa (Italian, Arenella (Naples) 1615–1673 Rome), Oil on canvas

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