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Rosa, Salvatorlocked

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Italian, 17th century, male.

Born 20 June 1615, in Arenella near Naples; died 15 March 1673, in Rome.

Painter, engraver, draughtsman. Religious subjects, battles, portraits, genre scenes, landscapes, seascapes.

Salvator Rosa studied first with Francesco Francanzano, his brother-in-law. At the age of 17, on the death of his father, he painted a large number of landscapes, seascapes, small historical compositions, battle scenes and festivities which he exhibited in the main square, selling them for next to nothing in order to survive. Lanfranco, who had bought several of these works, was greatly struck by their quality and took the young artist under his protection.After a period working in the studio of Ribera, Salvator Rosa became the pupil and friend of Aniello Falcone. He imitated the post-Caravaggesque realism, in vogue at that time in Naples, of both these artists. He stayed with Aniello for some three years and then went to Rome where he fell ill. He returned to Naples and remained there for almost two years. Back in Rome in 1635, in 1639 he entered the service of Cardinal Brancacci who took him to Viterbo where he painted a ...

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