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Salvator Rosa : “Self-Portrait” (c. 1647)

Museum Quality Giclée on Fine Art Paper

  • Matte Finish does not pick up glare from interior lighting
  • Smooth Surface maximizes sharpness and preserves detail
  • Accent Borders display the artwork uncropped and ready to mat
  • In-house Printing assures artistic quality standards

An accomplished poet and actor, as well as a painter, printmaker and suspected brigand, Salvator Rosa was a significant figure in the early development of Romanticism. Whereas his contemporaries painted calm pastorals and idyllic countrysides, Rosa produced tempestuous landscapes awash in bandits and ruins. A “perpetual rebel,” he penned controversial satires that inflamed powerful enemies, and may have participated directly in the Neapolitan revolt against Spain. Painting purely for his own satisfaction, he remarked that that artists’ “wealth must consist in things of the spirit, and in contenting ourselves with sipping, while others gorge themselves in prosperity.”

Set against a darkened sky, this brooding self-portrait is emblematic of the romantic spirit that Rosa projected. Wearing a cypress wreath symbolic of mourning, the artist inscribes a skull with the Greek words “Behold, whither, when,” a small, transparent teardrop clinging to the cheek below his right eye. The scrap of paper to the left of the skull reads “Salvator Rosa painted this in a solitary place and gave it to his friend Giovanni Battista Ricciardi.” The name “Seneca” is overpainted upon the spine of the adjacent book.

Art historian Wendy Wassyng Roworth explains that “During the period from August 1656, when Rosa’s son and brother died, to June I657, Rosa’s letters to Ricciardi were filled with anguish and anger, frustration and sorrow, and he constantly sought his absent friend’s support. The letters allude to his melancholy state of mind, his loneliness in Rome, and how very much he missed Ricciardi’s company. He lamented that even the philosophy of the Stoics could not console him; for their theory, as written in notes and recorded by history, was quite different from the practice of Stoic behavior. What we read of Seneca’s bravery in the face of death is no greater than that of the common man condemned to the gallows.”

Product Information

Expect crisp detail and vivid color from our giclée process fine art prints. We use archival pigment inks on cotton fiber paper to achieve a wide color gamut, deep blacks and beautiful tonal transitions. Unlike posters, they will not fade or yellow, but maintain their original quality for as long as you own them.

How to Frame

Historical artworks were produced in whatever shapes and sizes best suited the artists and their patrons, and these rarely correspond to the proportions of modern, mass-produced frames. Most reproductions sold on the web are cropped to an arbitrary standard, compromising the integrity of the original artwork. We solve this by using accent borders to make up any differences in proportion.

Framing may be as simple as inserting the print into a standard size frame with the borders showing. In many cases, our customers choose to have them matted. Borders allow space for framers to mount the print while covering little, if any, of the artwork. Our images are sized to provide desirable mat widths in common frames.

Sizes 9” x 12”, 12” x 16”, and 16” x 20” are designed to be matted in larger frames, such as 11” x 14”, 16” x 20” and 20” x 24”, respectively. Larger prints may be matted in frames of equal size, the borders corresponding to the shape of the mat. Where the artwork is unusually square or narrow, other sizes may be preferred.

If our sizing does not meet your requirements, we provide customization free of charge. Please contact us to discuss the details.

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Returns Policy

If you are unhappy with your order for any reason, you are welcome to return it within 60 days for a full refund. Please contact us and return your item(s) to: The Ibis 809 Grant Street Endicott, NY 13760

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