Jason Bewitching the Dragon
  • Jason Bewitching the Dragon

    TitleJason Bewitching the Dragon
  • Technique/ MaterialPen and brown ink, brown wash on paper
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 31 x 19,8 cm
    Passepartout: (h x b) 55 x 42 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 60 x 47 x 3,
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Salvator Rosa, Italian, born 1615, dead 1673
  • CategoryDrawings, Free-hand drawings
  • Inventory No.NMH Anck 400
  • AcquisitionPurchase 1896
  • Description
    Images and media

    During the 1660s Rosa showed a fascination with history and myth in which magic and mystery co-existed with experimental science. His rocky landscapes grow darker and more threatening and are filled with strange figures and peculiar elemental beings. He paints almost monochrome landscapes that introduce a new and disturbing psychological intensity. In this dramatic work, Jason drops poison that he was given by Medea onto the dragon that is guarding the golden fleece.