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The Raising of Lazarus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1616
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
The Raising of Lazarus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1616
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Having been told of the death of his disciple Lazarus, Christ went to his grave in Bethany and commanded him to arise from the tomb. Lazarus arose, “bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin”. Among the witnesses to this event were Lazarus’ sisters Martha and Mary. Ribera emphasised the dramatic aspect of this subject, depicting a wide range of emotional sta

Saint Christopher
Oil on canvas. 1637
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint Christopher
Oil on canvas. 1637
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Like a new Atlas, Saint Christopher crosses the river carrying a child, who is in fact Christ bearing the world. Tradition had it that all those who evoked the saint would not die unconfessed on that day. The subject matter allowed Ribera to juxtapose the colossal size of the saint with the delicacy of the child, creating an image of great expressive power.

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 attributes, given that Saint Roch was remarkably popular as protector against the plague.

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 been largely responsible for the invention of the subject in the mid 1610s, and it enjoyed great success in Italy over the course of the seventeenth century in the hands of artists such as Salvator R

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