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Heraclitus
Ribera, José de
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Ribera, José de

Játiva, Valencia, 1591 - Nápoles, 1652

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Heraclitus

Ca. 1615. Oil on canvas, 107 x 79.5 cm.

A man is writing in a book and looking towards the viewer. His tears identify him as the Greek philosopher Heraclitus (6th century BC). Attributed to various artists in the past, this canvas is now considered an early work by Ribera from his Roman period. Numerous details of the technique are characteristic of this phase in his career, such as the modelling of the hands.

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Technical data

Inventory number
P05479
Author
Ribera, José de
Title
Heraclitus
Date
Ca. 1615
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
High/Height: 107 cm.; Width: 79.5 cm.
Provenance
Royal Collection (Buen Retiro Palace, Madrid, 1794, no. 395; Royal Palace, Madrid, "secretaría de Estado", 1814-1818, no. 395).

Bibliography +

Martinez Ripoll, Antonio, Francisco de Herrera el Viejo, Diputación Provincial, Sevilla, 1978, pp. 72, fig. 63.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, I, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. 583.

Orihuela, Mercedes y Cenalmor, Elena, El ''Prado disperso''. Obras depositadas en Córdoba y Sevilla. II. Sevilla. Universidad, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XX, Madrid, 2002, pp. 167.

Pérez Sánchez, A. E.; Navarrete Prieto, B., De Herrera a Velázquez: el primer naturalismo en Sevilla, Fundación Focus-Abengoa; Bilboko Arte Eder Museoa, Sevilla; Bilbao, 2005, pp. 160-161.

Papi, Gianni, Ribera a Roma, Edizioni dei Soncino, Soncino (Cremona), 2007.

Other inventories +

Inv. Testamentaría Carlos III, Buen Retiro, 1794. Núm. 395.
Otra [pintura]: Copia de Josef Ribera. Un Filosofo escribiendo, de vara y sesma de alto, y vara de ancho con marco dorado...200

Inv. Fernando VII, Palacio Nuevo, 1814-1818. Núm. 395.
Secretaría de Estado [...] {22216-22217} 395-397 / vara y quarta alto tres quartas ancho = un filosofo escribiendo vestido de negro barba y pelo blanco = una señora que parece monja con vn libro en la mano

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 1868.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2213.
Escuela Española / 2213. Un Filósofo. / Alto 3 Pies, 9 Pulg, 6 Lin; Ancho 2 Pies, 9 Pulg.

Exhibitions +

Ribera. Master of Drawing
22.11.2016 - 19.02.2017

Location +

Room 008 (On Display)

Expuesto
Update date: 20-06-2017 | Registry created on 05-02-2016

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