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A Date for Salvator Rosa's Satire on Painting and the Bamboccianti in Rome

Wendy Wassyng Roworth
The Art Bulletin
Vol. 63, No. 4 (Dec., 1981), pp. 611-617
Published by: College Art Association
DOI: 10.2307/3050166
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3050166
Page Count: 7
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A Date for Salvator Rosa's Satire on Painting and the Bamboccianti in Rome
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Abstract

Salvator Rosa's Satire on Painting, which castigates the corrupt state of the art, especially those low-life painters, the Bamboccianti, has never been firmly dated. Scholars have assumed he wrote it in Florence in the mid-1640's, but this article shows through documentary evidence, as well as an analysis of stylistic changes in his paintings, that Rosa composed it in the second half of 1650, after his return to Rome. This date coincides with a renewed interest in the Bamboccianti by Roman patrons and the consequent resentment by serious painters such as Rosa, who considered himself a painter-philosopher and desired acceptance by the academic establishment, whose views on painting his Satire parallels.

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