An image of The crucifixion of Polycrates

Salvator Rosa

(Italy 1615 – 1673)

The crucifixion of Polycrates

Location
Not on display
Further information

The inscription reads: 'Polycrates, the tyrant of Samos, famous for his wealth and good fortune, when he was captured by Oretes, Satrap of the Persians, and fastened on a cross showed that no one can truly be said to be happy until he is dead'. The subject, derived from the account of Polycrates' life and death in Herodotus, was an unusually learned one in the art of the time.

Year
circa 1662
Media
Print
Medium
etching
Dimensions
47.3 x 72.2 cm
Credit
Purchased 1979
Accession number
231.1979