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Salvator Rosa: Bandits, Wilderness, and Magic at the Kimbell Art Museum

The Kimbell Art Museum presents the first major U.S. exhibition devoted to the work of Salvator Rosa (1615–1673), one of the boldest artists and personalities of 17th-century Italy, open through March 27, 2011. Salvator Rosa: Bandits, Wilderness, and Magic surveys Rosa’s career with 36 of his best paintings, on loan from museums and private collections in Europe and North America.

Salvator Rosa (1615 – 1673), Lucrezia as Poetry, c. 1641. Hartford (CT), Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Oil on canvas. 45 3/4 x 37 1/4in The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund. 1956.159b © 2009. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art/ Art Resource, NY/Scala, Florence

The history of art has known many rebels, but none quite like Salvator Rosa. Fiercely independent and powerfully inventive, he created some of the most evocative paintings of his age—landscapes, portraits, scenes of witchcraft and magic, altarpieces, and subjects derived from classical literature. He is most widely known for his landscapes, with their craggy ravines, crumbling towers, and suggestive light effects. But there is much more to Rosa, as will be revealed in the Kimbell’s exhibition, with works covering all his favorite genres.

“Salvator Rosa lived his life on the edge and painted in the same manner. Visitors will be entranced by his dramatic paintings and colorful life story,” commented Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Art Museum. “The Museum is particularly delighted to share this exhibition with the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, which was founded in 1811 and, like the Kimbell, boasts a superb old master collection and one of the most important and influential museum buildings of its century.”

Salvator Rosa: Bandits, Wilderness, and Magic is organized by the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, and the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Promotional support is provided by American Airlines, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and NBC 5. The accompanying catalogue, by Helen Langdon, Caterina Volpi, and Xavier F. Salomon, is lavishly illustrated and emphasizes the variety and quality of Rosa’s art and ideas. It is published by Paul Holbertson Publishing, London, in association with the Dulwich and the Kimbell. It is available in the Museum Shop for $45.

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