Self Portrait (1650s), oil on canvas, 75 x 62.5 cm., Detroit Institute of Art
A feisty, authority-defying, narcissistic, lover of all things gloomy. Poet, actor, musician, satirist. He is now known for his mysterious, stormy landscapes and scenes of witchcraft (both much collected in the 18th and early 19th centuries). He was said to have fought by day and painted by night.
Salvator Rosa’s major works are The Return of Astraea, 1640–45 (Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Museum); Human Fragility, c. 1656 (Cambridge: Fitzwilliam Museum); The Spirit of Samuel Called up before Saul by the Witch of Endor, 1668 (Paris: Musée du Louvre).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.