Salvator Rosa

The Genius of Salvator Rosa

The Genius of Salvator Rosa by Salvator Rosa

Artwork Detail

Derived from Castiglione’s Genius, the allegorical figure is represented by Rosa crowned in ivy. He ignores the cornucopia spilling coins and jewels to offer his heart to Sincerity, who holds a dove, while Liberty places a cap on his head. Watched by the figure of Painting (taken from Raphael), he ignores various signs of decay and mortality in the background. The inscription reads ‘Sincere, free, fiery painter, and equable, despiser of wealth and death, this is my genius’. (A Connoisseur's Eye: Prints from the Tomory Collection, 2005)

The Genius of Salvator Rosa
Salvator Rosa
Production date
circa 1662
461 x 276 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Peter Tomory Collection, purchased 2004
Accession no
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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