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Scene of witchcraft
17th Century
Salvator ROSA
Born 1615 Italy, Died 1673
Scene of witchcraft
[Scena di stregoneria]
Oil on canvas
75 x 64 cm  [HxW]
Giorgiana Corsini, Firenze

Rosa rejected the customary relationship between artist and patron, refusing to paint on commission and rejecting interference in his choice of subject. He selected sensational subjects such as this to attract attention to his work.

Later in the 18th century Rosa’s macabre paintings influenced artists associated with Romantic Neo Classicism, especially in England.

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