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Maker(s):Rosa, Salvator
Culture:Italian (1615-1673)
Title:Democritus in Meditation
Date Made:1662
Materials:Etching with drypoint
Place Made:Europe; Italy; Naples; Rome
Measurements:Sheet: 24 3/4 in x 17 1/4 in; 62.865 cm x 43.815 cm; Plate: 18 1/8 in x 11 1/16 in; 46.0375 cm x 28.09875 cm; Image: 17 15/16 in x 10 7/8 in; 45.56125 cm x 27.6225 cm
Narrative Inscription:  On the tablet at l.l. (in the plate): Democritus omnium derisor / in omnium fine defigitur / Salvator Rosa Inv. scul. ("Democritus, the mocker of all things, is here stopped by the ending of all things." Salvator Rosa designed and made the plate). Watermark: double oval.
Accession Number:  MH 2002.10.1
Credit Line:Purchase with the Art Acquisition Endowment Fund
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Vertical composition with seated man in a landscape with ruins, sculptures, skulls; tall trees at left; scroll with inscription at l.l. describing the subject as the philosopher Democritus. James Bergquist (Old Master print dealer; 7.20.2011): "a very nice 18th-century impression."

landscapes; men; ruins; skulls

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