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Undergraduate study, Queen Mary, University of London
Ref No (click to see in context)WFD/PRINT/25
TitleAlexander in the Studio of Apelles, Salvator Rosa
Datemid-late 17th century
Extent1 outsize item
DescriptionEtching with drypoint originally etched c.1662.

Image: Exemplifies the artist's attitude to his patrons. It is an illustration from Pliny the Elder's Anecdotes about Artists. Rosa has chosen a moment when the artist humbles the patron.

Includes inscription ' Alexandro M. multa imperite in officina dissarrenti silentium comiter suedebat Apelles, rideri eum dicens a pueris qui colores tenerent. / Salvator Rosa Inv. Scul.' [In the studio Alexander used to talk a great deal about many things without any real knowledge of them and Apelles would politely advise him to be silent saying that the boys engaged in grinding the colours were laughing at him].

This print is the second state as it contains drypoint to the top of the stool, which was not present in the first state. It is a companion piece for 'The Genius of Salvator Rosa'.
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CodePerson or Corporate Body Name
DS/UK/30Westfield College; 1882-1989; Higher Education Institution