Salvator Rosa: Early works of a great 17th-century European master
from 7 November 2015 to 31 January 2016
Four hundred years after the birth of Salvator Rosa (Naples 1615 – Rome 1673), a painter and poet already famous during his lifetime, this exhibition for the general public is presented as the first ever to place special attention on the early works of the artist produced in the 1630s in Naples and Rome. The focus on landscape and seascape paintings is the perfect way to celebrate the young Rosa, who utilized this artistic genre to make a name for himself, and the host city of the exhibition, Sorrento, is equally appropriate as it is still on the itinerary of the modern Grand Tour due to the beauty of its coast.
The event, curated by Viviana Farina, an expert in Neapolitan painting of the 16th and 17th centuries and author of the book Il giovane Salvator Rosa. 1635-1640 circa (2010), was developed with scientific consultation from Stefan Albl (Hertzian Library, Rome), Catherine Loisel (Musée du Louvre, Paris), and Nicholas Turner (formerly of the British Museum, London and Getty Museum, Los Angeles).
The exhibition presents a small and valuable selection of some twenty oil paintings on canvas from private collections and five from Italian museum collections (Capodimonte Museum, San Martino Museum, Correale Museum, Filangieri Museum, Corsini Gallery), some of which have never been shown to the public, and an innovative selection of drawings that document in parallel the drawing style of Rosa, one of the great designers of the Italian Baroque, illustrating the legacy and dialectical exchanges with other contemporary masters, so fundamental to understanding the style: Ribera, Falcone, the two Fracanzano brothers, and Domenico Gargiulo called Micco Spadaro.
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