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Figures in a Rocky Defile, Circle of Salvator Rosa (1615-1673).

Oil on canvas, 109.5cm by 173cm. In a carved and gilded frame.

Salvator Rosa was active in Naples, Rome and Florence and one of the first artists to paint romantic landscapes.

These were not idyllic or pastoral scenes though, but haunting, often wild, turbulent and rugged canvases, which are said to have reflected his wild, rebellious nature.

His landscapes, which often included bandits, soldiers and shepherds, would prove influential for future landscape artists, including Gaspar Dughet (1615-1675) and J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851).

The painting is a copy, or a studio version, of a work once in the Medici Collection, later belonging to Sir Denis Mahon (1910-2011).


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