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Saint Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

The thin naked torso, the cloth made from rushes, the skull and the book suggest that the figure in the painting is a hermit; the bread crust in the foreground tells us that it is Saint Paul, the firs [+]

Saint Joseph and the Christ Child
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1635
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint Joseph and the Christ Child
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1635
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Saint Joseph holds a flowered staff. He is accompanied by the Christ Child, who offers him a basket with carpentry tools, alluding to the saint´s profession. The worship of Saint Joseph was espe [+]

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 [+]

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 John the Baptist in the Desert
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint John the Baptist in the Desert
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

The painting is among a group of eight full-length single-figure composition of saints by Ribera that in 1658 were in the Madrid collection of Don Jerónimo de la Torre, a member of the Royal Co [+]

Saint Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. 1640
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. 1640
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Saint Paul, the first hermit, is shown meditating before a skull in solitude. This work dates from the final stage of Ribera’s career, which, in contrast to the darkness of his early years, is a phase [+]

Detail of the Head of Bacchus
Oil on canvas. 1636
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Detail of the Head of Bacchus
Oil on canvas. 1636
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

This fragment, together with Figure of a Woman (P-1122) and a third work in Bogotá, are the only remaining parts of a painting of the Triumph of Bacchus that is based on an Hellenistic relief, [+]

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 [+]

Women Gladiators
Oil on canvas. 1636
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Women Gladiators
Oil on canvas. 1636
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

This painting shows the finale of a brutal encounter between two female fighters. The woman on the right has attained the upper hand over her opponent, who has fallen injured to the ground, and is abo [+]

Saint Mary of Egypt
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint Mary of Egypt
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

The painting is among a group of eight full-length single-figure composition of saints by Ribera that in 1658 were in the Madrid collection of Don Jerónimo de la Torre, a member of the Royal Co [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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