Salvator Rosa

Jason and the dragon

Jason and the dragon by Salvator Rosa

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Described as one of the most original creators and extravagant personalities of the 17th century, Rosa's 'savage romanticism' was hugely influential on later artists. Ovid states how Medea gives her lover Jason a magic potion to pour over the dragon who guards the golden fleece, thus allowing him to steal it. Believed to be one of the latest and best of Rosa's etchings, the background in this scene is built up with great bravura using rapid lines that swoop, curve and hook into one another. A similar dynamic energy is found in the figures of hero and beast. (Monsters and Maidens, 2004)

Title
Jason and the dragon
Artist/creator
Production date
circa 1663-circa 1664
Medium
etching
Dimensions
340 x 217 mm
Inscription
ROSA (engraved on plate LL)
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1980
Accession no
1980/42/3
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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