Supposed to be by Salvator Rosa. [P. 1.] ROSA, Salvatore.--Born near Naples 1615; died, Rome, 1673. Painted some altar pieces and other historical pictures, but none of much note. His forte was landscape, and in his style and treatment, he followed Spagnoletto. He delighted in wild mountain scenes, which he peopled with brigands and outlaws. His Calabrian sea coast scenes have generally a shipwreck, to illustrate the terrors of the tempest, which was a favorite of nature with him. Executed many battle scenes, full of horrors. He has been thought wanting in grace, elegance, simplicity and dignity; but his vigor, invention and constructive power have been universally acknowledged. His drawing exaggerated the contours of his figures, and his perspective was not always correct; but he had a good knowledge of the technic of color, and produced very striking effects. He painted many good portraits. [Appendix.]
Catalogue. Detroit Art Association. First Exhibition, February, 1876.