The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 19, 2018

Glaucus and Scylla, c. 1661

etching, Framed: 52.3 x 39.3 cm (20 9/16 x 15 1/2 in.). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur D. Prescott 1971.176

Rosa was a prolific and skilled printmaker, producing over 100 etchings throughout his career. Derived from Ovid's Metamorphoses, Glaucus and Scylla tells a story associated with magic and witchcraft. After drinking a magical herb, the fisherman Glaucus was immortalized and transformed into a sea god with fins and a fish tail. Rosa depicts the moment in which the amorous Glaucus declares his love to the beautiful water nymph, Scylla, who flees. Later, Glacus implored the witch Circe to help him win the heart of Scylla, but attracted to the sea god herself, the jealous witch poisoned the waters where Scylla lived, turning the nymph into the infamous rock that troubled Ulysses and countless sea travelers. The ominous, rolling clouds and Glaucus's thrashing form project the drama of Scylla's escape and foreshadow her own metamorphosis to come.

The Cleveland Museum of Art (2/15/2015 - 6/14/2015); "The Novel and the Bizarre: Salvator Rosa's Scenes of Witchcraft"

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Library materials about Rosa (101)

Detail Views