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Penitent Magdalen
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Penitent Magdalen
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Traditionally identified as the woman who was a sinner and wept on Christ’s feet and wiped away her tears with her hair (Luke 7:36-50), Mary Magdalene is shown here as the hermit saint she became upon [+]

Saint Bartholomew
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint Bartholomew
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

The saint in this painting can be identified by the knife in his right hand - the tool with which he was skinned. The work is part of a set of four hermits, although it is unusual to see this saint re [+]

Saint Sebastian
Oil on canvas. 1636
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint Sebastian
Oil on canvas. 1636
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Over the course of his career, Jusepe de Ribera Spanish repeatedly explored certain devotional subjects, among them Saint Bartholomew, Mary Magdalene, Saint Jerome, and Saint Sebastian. The latter is [+]

Liberation of Saint Peter
Oil on canvas. 1639
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Liberation of Saint Peter
Oil on canvas. 1639
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Saint Peter lies in prison where his sleep is interrupted by an angel who frees him. This subject allows Ribera to create a work in which he can show the very best of his mature style. The work combin [+]

The Old Usurer
Oil on canvas. 1638
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
The Old Usurer
Oil on canvas. 1638
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

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 [+]

The Martyrdom of Saint Philip
Oil on canvas. 1639
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
The Martyrdom of Saint Philip
Oil on canvas. 1639
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

According to sources from antiquity and The Golden Legend (a 13th-century book that narrates the lives of saints), the apostle Philip preached the Gospel in Scythia and was crucified in the city of Hi [+]

Isaac and Jacob
Oil on canvas. 1637
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Isaac and Jacob
Oil on canvas. 1637
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

This painting narrates an event from chapter 27 of Genesis, in which Jacob tricks his father, Isaac, in order to obtain the blessing that should rightfully go to his older brother, Esau. Jacob’s mothe [+]

Penitent Magdalene
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Penitent Magdalene
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Mary Magdalene is depicted half-length, in a pensive and melancholy mood. She rests her head on a skull that symbolizes the brevity of earthly life. A jar of salve, her characteristic attribute, appea [+]

Saint James the Greater
Oil on canvas. 1631
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint James the Greater
Oil on canvas. 1631
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

This work was, until recently, believed to depict Saint James. This was largely due to its description, by Friar Francisco de los Santos in his Descripción breve del Monasterio de S. Lorenzo el [+]

Saint Joseph's Dream
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1662
Herrera The Younger, Francisco de
Saint Joseph's Dream
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1662
Herrera The Younger, Francisco de

An angel appears to Saint Joseph in his sleep, pointing to the dove of the Holy Ghost as the heavens open in a luminous burst of glory. Under the dove, a group of angels carry a mirror and flowers all [+]

Jacob’s Dream
Oil on canvas. 1639
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Jacob’s Dream
Oil on canvas. 1639
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

This painting tells of Jacob the Patriarch´s mysterious dream, as told in Genesis. He appears asleep, lying on his left shoulder with a tree behind him. On the other side is the ladder of light, by wh [+]

Vision of Saint Francis of Assisi
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Vision of Saint Francis of Assisi
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

A more than half-length depiction of the saint, standing in front of a skull and contemplating the angel who shows him a glass recipient filled with transparent water, alluding to the purity that anyo [+]

Saint Roch
Oil on canvas. 1631
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint Roch
Oil on canvas. 1631
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Roch is identifiable by the pilgrim’s hat and staff, his naked, wounded thigh, and the dog that carries a piece of bread in its mouth and waits by its master. In Ribera’s time they were well-known att [+]

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