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Rocky Landscape with Herdsmen and Cattle

ROSA, Salvator (1615 - 1673)

Rocky Landscape with Herdsmen and Cattle

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 55.2 x 69.9 cm

Acquired: 1925; Bequest; Sir Claude Phillips

Accession Number: NMW A 8

In this landscape sheer cliffs and twisted trees tower menacingly over the herdsmen below.  Salvator Rosa’s landscapes are dark, savage and often macabre.  He was indifferent to the demands of ideal beauty as seen in the landscapes of Claude and Poussin.  His vivid, controversial life made him a hero in eighteenth-century Britain, where his work had a powerful influence on artists, particularly the great Welsh landscape painter Richard Wilson.  

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