Artist: Salvator Rosa (Italian, Arenella (Naples) 1615–1673 Rome)
Date: ca. 1647
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 39 x 31 1/4 in. (99.1 x 79.4 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of Mary L. Harrison, 1921
Accession Number: 21.105
According to the inscription, this picture was a gift by Rosa to his friend Giovanni Battista Ricciardi (1624–1686), a man of letters from Pisa. Although it was later described as a portrait of Ricciardi, the figure resembles Rosa and it is likely to be a self-portrait. The wreath of cypress is an emblem of mourning, while on the table is a book by the Roman stoic philosopher Seneca. Salvator Rosa, painter, printmaker, poet, and actor, was one of the most fascinating personalities in seventeenth-century Italy.