Voices from the 17th Century: Salvator Rosa Speaks

3

August
2010

Self-portraits can tell us quite a bit about a particular artist’s general appearance, facial expression, etc (basically, what they thought was important enough to represent themselves).

Once in a while, they also speak to us.

Italian baroque painter Salvator Rosa did so in a brooding self-portrait (1640), in which he supports with his right hand a board with a Latin inscription that reflects his interest in stoic philosophy.

AVT TACE /AVT LOQVERE MELIORA /SILENTIO

“Be silent, unless what you have to say is better than silence.”

Well put.

Previous Post: Early Music in Space, pt. 1
Next Post: Harmonia Podcast #130: Theater Music of the English Renaissance

Comments are closed.