ATTRIBUTED TO SALVATOR ROSA
(Arenella, Naples 1615-1673 Rome)
ALLEGORY OF THE ARTS
signed or inscribed lower center on the bust: S. R.
oil on canvas
51¾ by 37¾ in.; 129 by 95.8 cm.
The canvas has been relined and is stable on its stretcher. The edge of the original canvas is visible near the lower edge. The image reads strongly beneath the varnish. It appears to be slightly dirty beneath the varnish. The canvas has been pressed in areas throughout, and there is thinness in some spots, for example, in lower right corner, in his costume at right, and towards the right of his face and hair, as also visible in the image in the printed catalogue. The canvas weave is visible in his face and upper chest. There are some scattered losses concentrated near the extreme edges. Many of the old retouched repairs are visible to the naked eye, for example near the upper center, to his laurel leaf crown in the upper left of his head, near his center chest, to the left of his left shoulder, beneath his outstretched hand, and in the lower right background, among a few others. Inspection under UV further reveals these aforementioned spots of retouched repairs, as well as a varnish that fluoresces unevenly in areas and may mask older campaigns of restoration. It also reveals a few more recent scattered spots of retouching in the figure's face, costume, and in the background. Offered in a simply carved gilt and painted frame.
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On the basis of photographs, Riccardo Lattuada, to whom we are grateful, has suggested that this intriguing painting of a stoic allegorical figure is a youthful work by Salvator Rosa, datable to circa 1630-1635. During these years, the young Neapolitan born Rosa, along with his brother-in-law, Francesco Francanzano, joined the circle of Jusepe de Ribera, who at the time was the foremost artist in Naples and known to have rendered a number of portraits of philosophers from Antiquity. Also at this young age, Rosa traveled back and forth between Naples and his future home of Rome, where he likely became acquainted with works of artists such as Pier Francesco Mola, whose diverse oeuvre also included likenesses of Ancient literary figures.