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    • James Bowdoin III( Collector, Boston) - 1811.
    • Bowdoin College Museum of Art( Museum, Brunswick, Maine) 1811- . Bequest
    • Old Master Drawings at Bowdoin College
      • Bowdoin College Museum of Art. ( 5/17/1985 - 7/7/1985)
      • Clark Art Institute. ( 9/14/1985 - 10/27/1985)
      • University of Kansas. ( 1/19/1986 - 3/2/1986)
      • Art Gallery of Ontario. ( 5/17/1986 - 6/29/1986)
    • Nature Inhabited
      • Bowdoin College Museum of Art. ( 4/20/1995 - 6/4/1995)
    • Drawing on Basics
      • Bowdoin College Museum of Art. ( 10/14/1993 - 12/19/1993)
    • Prints/Drawings & Drawings/Prints, 1500-1800
      • Bowdoin College Museum of Art. ( 8/4/2009 - 9/20/2009)
    • Old Master Drawings from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art
      • Timken Museum of Art. ( 5/13/2005 - 8/14/2005)
    Type: catalogue
    Author: Henry Johnson
    Document Title: Catalogue of the Bowdoin College Art Collections
    Publ. Place: Brunswick, Maine
    Reference: no. 22
    Section Title: Pt. I, The Bowdoin Drawings
    Date: 1885
    
    Type: catalogue
    Author: Bowdoin College Museum of Art
    Document Title: Bowdoin Museum of Fine Arts, Walker Art Building
    Edition: 4th
    Publ. Place: Brunswick, Maine
    Reference: no. 22
    Publisher: Bowdoin College
    Section Title: Descriptive Catalogue of the . . .
    Date: 1930
    
    Author: M. Mahoney
    Document Title: The Drawings of Salvator Rosa
    Publ. Place: York and London
    Location: vol. 1, pp. 509-510
    Reference: no. 55.13; repr. vol. 2
    Section Title: 2 vols.
    Date: 1977
    
    Type: exhibition catalogue
    Author: David P. Becker
    Document Title: Old Master Drawings at Bowdoin College
    Publ. Place: Brunswick, Maine
    Location: pp. 132-133
    Reference: no. 61
    Publisher: Bowdoin College
    Date: 1985
    
    Type: exhibition catalogue
    Author: Julia W. Vicinus
    Document Title: Nature Inhabited
    Publ. Place: Brunswick, Maine
    Location: p. 12
    Reference: no. 5
    Publisher: Bowdoin College
    Date: 1995
    			
    		

    The traditional attribution to Salvator Rosa has been accepted by Michael Mahoney, who published a catalogue of the artist’s drawings, and Richard Wallace. Mahoney included the Bowdoin sheet with a group of twelve other pen landscape studies (although it is considerably larger than the others) and dates them to the late 1650s (Mahoney, 503). He argues that indicating that the group is made up of entirely composed views, which were not taken directly from nature (Mahoney, 267). The technique and composition of the Bowdoin sheet are particularly close to the style of a drawing in the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm (fig. 1). Rosa’s landscapes, both the paintings and drawings, tend to focus on wild, untamed nature with mountains, rocky outcrops, and twisted forests dominating rather than the gentler countryside portrayed by his contemporary, Claude Lorrain (1604–1682).

    David P. Becker (edited by Sarah Cantor)

    References:

    Mahoney, Michael. The Drawings of Salvator Rosa. New York: Garland Publishing, 1977.

    Images:

    Fig. 1: Salvator Rosa Landscape, 1650s, pen and brown ink, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, NMH 234/1975

    Further Reading:

    Langdon, Helen, Xavier F. Salomon, and Caterina Volpi. Salvator Rosa: Bandits, Wilderness and Magic. London: Paul Holberton, 2010.

    Commentary credited to David P. Becker (or not otherwise captioned) appeared in his catalogue Old Master Drawings at Bowdoin College (Brunswick: Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 1985).