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A Philosopher pointing to the ground, a youth beside him

Rosa, Salvator (draughtsman)

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A Philosopher pointing to the ground, a youth beside him


Rosa, Salvator (draughtsman) [ULAN info: Italian artist, 1615-1673]







Production Notes

Generally considered to be a study for the painting 'Diogenes discarding his bowl', of 1652, a pendant to 'Democritus', painted in 1651, both of which are now in Copenhagen.

Technique Description

pen and brown ink, brown wash, over traces of black lead, on paper, laid down


height: 309 mm
width: 223 mm


given: The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum 1992 (Filtered for: Paintings, Drawings and Prints)

Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester, his mount with the attribution 'Salvator Rossa' in the hand formerly identified as William Kent, by descent to Viscount Coke; his sale, Christie's, 2 July 1991, lot 46; Dr J. O' Brien, Connecticut, U.S.A., from whom purchased

With contributions from the Bartlett Fund, the National Art Collections Fund and the Foundation for Sport and the Arts.


  1. Salerno, L. (1963) Salvator Rosa, Milan
  2. Mahoney, M. (1977) The Drawings of Salvator Rosa, New York [page: 373]
    [comments: No. 33.3.]
  3. Popham, Arthur Ewart (1986) Old Master Drawings at Holkham Hall, Chicago
  4. Griffiths, A. Old Master Drawings from Holkham, [page: 67-79]
    Source title: National Art Collections Fund Review (1992)
  5. (1992) Eighteen Old Master Drawings From the Collectgion at Holkham Hall, Norfolk, London?: British Museum
    [comments: Cat. No. 17, reproduced.]
  6. (2002) Chefs-d' oevre du Fitzwilliam Museum de Cambridge; Dix ans d' acquisitions de dessins de maîtres anciens, Colmar, Paris: Artemis-C.G. Boerner
    [comments: Reproduced in colour.]


brown ink (medium)
brown wash (medium)
lead (medium)
paper (support)

Accession Number

PD.100-1992 (Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(Reference Number: 7819; Input Date: 2000-06-20 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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