Lot 47: Copy after Salvator Rosa, Alexander and Diogenes, 18th/19thC.
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Oil on canvas, relined
Copy after Salvator Rosa (1615-1673) Italian painter, etcher, poet and actor
On the stretcher frame with an old label by the workshop of T. Rushworth & Son, Carvers and Gilders, Durham
Dimensions: 170 x 230 cm
In ornamented gilt frame: 206 x 230 cm
Provenance: Private collection, Belgium
Baroque interpretation of the famous and frequently illustrated anecdote from the life of the Cynic philosopher.
All his life Salvator Rosa was interested in the ancient philosophers, and so their representations have a large part in his oeuvre. The work presented here as a later copy represents the famous anecdote of the encounter between Alexander the Great and the Cynic philosopher Diogenes: Alexander the Great visits Diogenes, who rests in the sun. He introduces himself and asks the philosopher what desire he can fulfill for him. The answers at that is "Get me out of the sun". The original painting from 1643 is located in Althorpe House, the Spencers estate in Northampton, where it decorates the Marlborough Room.
The painting bears rubbed spots due to the frame and several scratches: in the center, upper right, lower left and at the barrel. There are traces of mold lower left and a small tear (c. 1.3 cm) with craquelure affecting the white horse. Overall are small retouched spots and overpaintings in the part of the figure. The edges show several tiny damages and all round are remains of an old paper band mounting. The frame shows tears and small losses of material in some places.
Salvator Rosa (1615-1673)
Born in Aranella near Naples, Salvator Rosas showed great artistic talent early on. He prevailed against his father, who envisaged a legal or clerical career for his son, and probably first studied with his uncle, later possibly also with Francesco Fracanzano. Rosa's early works depicted mainly landscapes that have already attracted great attention. At the end of the 1630s, also battle scenes originated. During the 1640s, Salvator Rosa increasingly sought a monumentality in his works, which finally also took on historical motifs. He also made a name for himself as an etcher. (fea)
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