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Heraclitus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1615
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Heraclitus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1615
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

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 co [+]

The Immaculate Conception
Oil on canvas. 1628 - 1630
Zurbarán, Francisco de
The Immaculate Conception
Oil on canvas. 1628 - 1630
Zurbarán, Francisco de

The worship of the Immaculate Virgin is one of seventeenth-century Spain´s identity traits, especially following a considerable argument between her defenders and her detractors, which took place in S [+]

The Vision of Saint Peter Nolasco
Oil on canvas. 1629
Zurbarán, Francisco de
The Vision of Saint Peter Nolasco
Oil on canvas. 1629
Zurbarán, Francisco de

Founder of the order of la Merced Calzada, the saint is depicted kneeling, leaning on a church pew. In his dream, an angel appears to him and shows him heavenly Jerusalem, conceived as a walled city w [+]

Democritus
Oil on canvas. 1630
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Democritus
Oil on canvas. 1630
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

The painting is one of the most celebrated of Jusepe de Ribera´s so-called ragged philosophers. Although born in Spain, the artist spent his entire professional life in Italy. He appears to have [+]

Saint Elisabeth of Portugal
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Saint Elisabeth of Portugal
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Zurbarán, Francisco de

Born as princess of Aragon in 1271, the daughter of Peter III "the Great" and grand-daughter of James I "the Conqueror" married King Dinis of Portugal in 1293 and became queen of the country. Like her [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

Christ the Saviour blessing
Oil on canvas. 1638
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Christ the Saviour blessing
Oil on canvas. 1638
Zurbarán, Francisco de

This is the only example known to have been painted by Zurbarán of the medieval iconography of Jesus as savior, making this canvas especially interesting to historians of art. Similar examples [+]

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 [+]

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