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Saint John the Baptist Revealing Christ to the Disciples
Photo credit: Glasgow Museums

Saint John the Baptist Revealing Christ to the Disciples c.1655

Salvator Rosa (1615–1673)

Glasgow Museums

(b Arenella, nr. Naples, 21 July [or less likely 20 June] 1615; d Rome, 15 Mar. 1673). Italian painter and etcher, a fiery and flamboyant character who was a poet and actor as well as an artist. After training in Naples, he spent most of his career in Rome, except for the 1640s, when he lived mainly in Florence; his decision to move there was probably connected with the scandal he caused by publicly satirizing the great Bernini.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)


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