No. 561: Salvator Rosa, the Chinese Exclusion era

Episode No. 561 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features author Helen Langdon and curator Erin Garcia.

Langdon is the author of “Salvator Rosa: Paint and Performance,” a new biography of the Renaissance painter and actor. The book explains Rosa’s thirst for fame, his philosophical pursuits and how they melded with his painting, his acting career, and the ways in which his desire to be a celebrity often interfered with his ability to accomplish his career goals. The book was published by Reaktion and is distributed in the US by University of Chicago Press. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for $25.

Garcia discusses “Chinese Pioneers: Power and Politics in Exclusion Era Photographs,” which is at the California Historical Society through August 13. The exhibition offers a CHS collection-driven visual history of the social, political, and judicial disenfranchisement of Chinese Californians — as well as portrayals of Chinese agency and resilience — during the Chinese exclusion era.

Air date: August 4, 2022.

Salvator Rosa, Self-Portrait as Pascariello, ca. 1645-49.

Jusepe de Ribera, Philosopher, 1637.

Salvator Rosa, A Philosopher, ca. 1642-45.

Jusepe de Ribera, Drunken Silenus, 1626.

Salvator Rosa, Prometheus, 1646-48.

Salvator Rosa, Diogenes before Alexander, 1662.

Salvator Rosa, Diogenes Throwing Away a Drinking Bowl, 1651.

Salvator Rosa, Cincinnatus Called from the Plough, ca. 1643.

Salvator Rosa, The Battle of Cimon, 1652.

Salvator Rosa, Bandits on a Rocky Coast, 1655-60.

Salvator Rosa, Marine with Lighthouse and Ships, ca. 1642.

Salvator Rosa, Democritus in Meditation, 1650-51.

Salvator Rosa, Carthaginian soldiers preparing the martyrdom of Attilius Regulus, 1661.

Poussin, Israelites Seeking Manna in the Desert, 1637-39.

Salvator Rosa, Allegory of Fortune, about 1658-59.

Salvator Rosa, Saul and the Witch of Endor, ca. 1668.

Pierre Simon after Salvator Rosa, Martyrdom of Sts. Cosmas and Damian, ca. 1669-74.

Unknown photographer, ca. 1870.

Shew’s Pioneer Gallery, San Francisco, photographer, 1880s.

Arnold Genthe, The Sword Dancer, ca. 1898.

Laura Adams Armer, The Old Regime, ca. 1908.

Arnold Genthe, The Young Aristocrats, ca. 1898.

Theodore Wores, San Francisco Chinese Maiden, ca. 1908.

O. M. Welburn, Internal Revenue collector, Certificate of Residence for Wong Leiu Hay, ca. 1894–97.

John T. Mason, author; D. D. Beatty, photographer, Photograph Album of Chinese Men and Women in Sierra County, 1890-1930.

Photographer unknown, Chinese Women and Children at Immigration Station, Angel Island, after 1910.

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