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The Old Usurer
Ribera, José de
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Ribera, José de

Játiva, Valencia, 1591 - Nápoles, 1652

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The Old Usurer

1638. Oil on canvas, 76 x 62 cm.

In this depiction that some have interpreted as an allegory of avarice, an old usurer, with wrinkled face, ragged clothes, an annoyed gaze and a distrustful expression, holds a set of scales, probably for weighing gold. In the sixteen thirties, Ribera´s style grew closer to that of the Venetians and Bolognese painters, yet this work affirms his continuing relation to Caravaggio´s naturalism. This is especially clear in the rendering of the scales and of the old woman´s figure. Unlike his youthful works, though, this one is characterized by rapid, intense brushstrokes.


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Inventory number
Ribera, José de
The Old Usurer
High/Height: 76 cm.; Width: 62 cm.
Colección León Adolfo Laffitte
León Adolfo Laffitte Maurin (1809-1876); by inheritance to Xavier Laffitte y Charlesteguy; donated by the latter to the Museo del Prado, 1930

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Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 1538.
Autor: Ribera / 1538. Asunto: Vieja usurera / Lienzo: 76x62 cm./ Nº de Catálogo: 2506 / Legado por D.Xavier Laffitte en 1930...

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Ribera. Master of Drawing
22.11.2016 - 19.02.2017

Update date: 09-11-2017 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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