Exhibit image
3 10.0 (2)

Self-Portrait  1647

by Salvator Rosa

One of the most fascinating and complex personalities in seventeenth-century Italy, Salvator Rosa was an accomplished painter, printmaker, poet, and actor. Here he shows himself inscribing a skull with the Greek words: “Behold, whither, when.” The wreath of cypress is an emblem of mourning, while on the table is a book by the Roman stoic philosopher Seneca. According to th...
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art