The Crucifixion of Polycrates

A work made of etching, with drypoint, in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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

Date:

c. 1662

Artist:

Salvator Rosa
Italian, 1615-1673

About this artwork

Salvator Rosa was an important printmaker as well as an admired painter. The artist’s oversize etching of the Greek Polycrates’ crucifixion by his Persian enemy (c. 522 b.c.) probably preceded his painting of the same subject. Rosa’s slightly simplified painting appears in reverse, likely because he worked from the print’s preparatory cartoon to create it. The legend beneath the print reads: “Polycrates, tyrant of Samos, famous for his wealth and good fortune, when he was captured by Oretes, Satrap of the Persians, and fastened on a cross, showed that no man can be truly called happy until he is dead.”

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Salvator Rosa

Title

The Crucifixion of Polycrates

Origin

Italy

Date

1557–1667

Medium

Etching, with drypoint, in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

470 x 728 mm (plate); 526 x 770 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

John H. Wrenn Memorial Endowment

Reference Number

1973.444

Extended information about this artwork

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