Sep 27, 2010

Figures on a Winding Road

Figures on a Winding Road


Salvator Rosa

(Italian, 1615–1673)

Pen and brown ink and brush and gray and brown wash, traces of framing lines in brown ink

Support: Beige(1) laid paper

Sheet: 18.4 x 12.5 cm (7 1/4 x 4 15/16 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1975.17



The vitality of Rosa’s landscapes is indebted to his practice of constantly drawing the world around him, incorporating fresh observations of nature into his wild and awe-inspiring mature landscapes. Rosa’s drawings from the 1650s showcase his interest in capturing the mysterious and savage qualities of nature. Through sinewy paths or anthropomorphic cliffs, the environment overwhelms the small figures, evoking the power and magical qualities of nature.

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