Παρασκευή, 12 Αυγούστου 2011

Salvator Rosa's paintings (Witchcraft and memento mori)

Salvator Rosa (1615–1673) was an Italian Baroque painter, poet and printmaker, active in Naples, Rome and Florence. As a painter, he is best known as an "unorthodox and extravagant" and a "perpetual rebel" proto-Romantic. He was one of the least conventional artists of 17th century Italy, and was adopted as a hero by painters of the Romantic movement in the later 18th and early 19th centuries. He was mainly a painter of landscapes, but the range of his subject matter was unusually wide and included portraits and allegories. During his years in Florence (1640-49) he also depicted scenes of witchcraft, influenced by Northern prints.

Witches -Morning-1645-1649


The Witch (1646)


Ghost of Samuel Called Before Saul by the Witch of Endor (1668)


A Witch (1640-49)


A Friar Tempted by Demons (1660-1665)


Witches At Their Incantations (1646)
It's his most famous witchcraft painting.
View a high resolution HERE


Humana Fragilitas (1st half of 17th century)

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