ROSA, Salvator
(b. 1615, Arenella, d. 1673, Roma)

View of the Gulf of Salerno

Oil on canvas, 170 x 260 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

Salvator Rosa was a prolific artist who is best known for the creation of a new type of wild and savage landscape. His craggy cliffs, jagged, moss-laden trees, and rough bravura handling create a dank and desolate air that contrasts sharply with the serenity of Claude Lorrain or the classical grandeur of Nicolas Poussin.