NOTE.--Salvator Rosa was born near the bay of Naples in 1615. He had not passed the age of infancy before he exhibited an extraordinary aptitude for music. His parents, however, instead of developing his nascent genius, did their best to crush it and to compel him to enter the church, for which profession they had destined him at his birth, but they only succeeded in diverting the course of his great genius from its natural channel into the parallel one of painting. He studied in the studio of his brother-in-law, Francesco Francanzani, and at the age of eighteen set out upon a pedestrian tour, in the course of which he sketched an infinite number of landscapes, which served as the bases for most of his paintings of scenery in after life. His works are marked by great delicacy of touch and liveliness of imagination and he was very careful with the minutest details. The smaller figures which he introduced into his landscapes are considered better than his larger groups. He was a very rapid workman, sometimes painting a portrait at a single sitting. He died in 1673, the "last of the old masters," leaving a great number of works, of which about 170 are still in existence. [P. 15; see entry 04130001 for related commentary.]
Rochester Academy of Art. (Incorporated 1874.) 40 & 42 State Street. Catalogue of the Works of Art, exhibited at their First Exhibition. In June, 1875. Rochester, N.Y.: Union and Advertiser Company's Book and Job Print. 1875.