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Tityus
Oil on canvas. 1632
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Tityus
Oil on canvas. 1632
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Tityus, the son of Jupiter and Elara, appears chained to the boulder in Tartarus while an eagle eternally devours his liver. The Giant received that punishment for attempting to rape one of his father [+]

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 [+]

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 Peter
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1632
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint Peter
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1632
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

The keys in his right hand identify the figure as Saint Peter. A less common attribute is the book. To represent the saint, Ribera has used a real model with distinctive appearance, which make his san [+]

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 [+]

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