Carlo Maratta (Salvator Rosa)

THIS PROFILE IS KNOWN AS A CARLO MARATTA FRAME, AND THIS PARTICULAR FRAME IS THE ENRICHED VERSION OF THE CARLO MARATTA PROFILE. THE DESIGN FIRST APPEARED IN NAPLES IN 1660 AND CAME TO ENGLAND WITH THE GRAND TOUR WHERE IT WAS WIDELY ADOPTED FROM 1750 TO THE END OF THE CENTURY, SURVIVING IN ITS CARVED VERSION UNTIL THE 1820S AND BEYOND THAT IN A PLASTER VERSION. IN NO OTHER COUNTRY THAN ITALY WAS THE CARLO MARATTA SO POPULAR AS IN BRITAIN, WHERE IT BECAME A PARTICULARLY BRITISH STYLE FOR PICTURE FRAMING. THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE GREAT PAINTER MARATTA AND THIS FRAME BEARING HIS NAME IS LOST IN THE FOG OF ANTIQUITY, HOWEVER,IN ITALY, THIS TYPE OF FRAME IS USUALLY KNOWN AS A SALVATOR ROSA AFTER THE ITALIAN ARTIST TO WHOM THE DESIGN IS ATTRIBUTED.