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Saint Thomas
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1635
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint Thomas
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1635
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Series of Apostles became very popular during the Counter-reformation; they were usually half-length figures against a neutral background, holding their iconographical attributes. One of the most impo [+]

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 [+]

The penitent Saint Jerome
Oil on canvas. 1652
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
The penitent Saint Jerome
Oil on canvas. 1652
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Emerging from a dark background, a half-length image of a man appears in the close foreground, his right shoulder and arm bare, his hair white and long, his features aged. He holds a wooden cross in h [+]

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 [+]

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 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 [+]

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 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 [+]

Saint James the Less
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1635
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint James the Less
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1635
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Series of Apostles became very popular during the Counter-reformation; they were usually half-length figures against a neutral background, holding their iconographical attributes. One of the most impo [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

Saint James the Greater
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1635
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint James the Greater
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1635
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Series of Apostles became very popular during the Counter-reformation; they were usually half-length figures against a neutral background, holding their iconographical attributes. One of the most impo [+]

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 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 [+]

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