Julian Bell: Paint Serious, Paint Big, 2 December 2010
Show More Salvator Rosa: Bandits, Wilderness and Magic by Helen Langdon, Xavier Salomon and Caterina Volpi.
Paul Holberton, 240 pp., £40, September 2010, 978 1 907372 01 8Show More
Painting for Profit: The Economic Lives of 17th-Century Italian Painters by Richard Spear and Philip Sohm et al.
Yale, 384 pp., £45, 0 300 15456 9Show More
Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane by Andrew Graham-Dixon.
Allen Lane, 514 pp., £30, July 2010, 978 0 7139 9674 6Show More
The Moment of Caravaggio by Michael Fried.
Princeton, 304 pp., £34.95, 0 691 14701 9Show More
“... The upright canvas, some 4’6’’ by 3’, stood on Salvator Rosa’s easel, prepared with a burnt umber ground. The painter first attacked it, as far as I can see, with a black-loaded brush, dragging a jagged stuttery line almost from top to bottom. That was to be the rock edge of Etna’s crater. Where the volcanic glow was to fall, Rosa slapped on a queasy mid-tone mix of sienna and smalt blue; capped it with brisk blurts of white; later, knocked the resulting rock planes back into readable order with red and yellow glazes ...”