Salvator Rosa

Jason and the dragon

Jason and the dragon by Salvator Rosa

Artwork Detail

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)

Jason and the dragon
Salvator Rosa
Production date
circa 1663-circa 1664
340 x 217 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1980
Accession no
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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