The Fall of the Giants

A work made of etching with drypoint in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching with drypoint in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1663

Artist:

Salvator Rosa
Italian, 1615-1673

About this artwork

Just as the Giants—Gaia’s offspring—attempt to storm the throne of the Olympian gods, Jupiter brings them crashing down with a thunderbolt. He can be seen at the top in the clouds. Salvator Rosa executed this colossal composition at the pinnacle of his etching career, and dedicated it to the Florentine poet Horatio Quaranta. Rosa’s pessimistic admonition appears at the bottom of the sheet: “They are raised up high that they may be hurled down in more terrible ruin.”
Multitalented with boundless energy, Rosa was also a poet, actor, musician, and painter. He made this print to promote his ideas for a painting of the same subject in hopes that a patron would sponsor its execution.

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Artist

Salvator Rosa

Title

The Fall of the Giants

Origin

Italy

Date

1663

Medium

Etching with drypoint in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

728 × 474 mm

Credit Line

Elizabeth Hammond Stickney Collection

Reference Number

1887.249

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