The Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica dedicates, for the first time, an exhibition to Salvator Rosa ‘s graphic work (Naples, July 21st, 1615 – Rome, March 15th, 1673) displaying its own heritage which consists of plates, prints and drawings by the Neapolitan artist.
97 etchings, 14 plates, 3 drawings by Salvator Rosa, are displayed on the premises of the Museum of the Institute, in Via della Stamperia, for viewing by the public and scholars. Along with the work by Rosa, 5 volumes, 5 signed documents, 3 letters, and 1 satire borrowed fron the biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli, the Biblioteca dell’Accademia dei Lincei e Corsiniana, and from the Biblioteca dell’Istituto di Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte, episodes from the artist’s life are documented.
Also some etchings by Jusepe De Ribera and by Filippo Napoletano are on display.
Besides the Codice Rosa whose genesis has been reconstructed and new interpretations have been put forward, a preparatory drawing, plate and print of La Caduta dei giganti, Il Genio di Salvator Rosa and Alessandro Magno nello studio di Apelle are displayed along with the 62 figurine and all the medium and large size etchings. The exhibition is curated by Rita Bernini, Head of the Education Department od the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, who discovered a signed and unpublished document: Salvator Rosa’s Recipe for Etching.
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