Inventory number
P01096
Author
Ribera, José de (Spanish)
Title
Saint Jerome
Chronology
1644
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
109 cm x 90 cm
School
Española
Theme
Religión
On display
No
Provenance
Colección Real (colección príncipe de Asturias, Casita del Príncipe, El Escorial, h. 1791-1800).

By the time he entered his last period, a life dedicated to the representation of religious scenes led Ribera to develop a supreme mastery in the transmission of religious feelings with a great economy of compositional means. Here, that communicative efficiency is achieved through the expressive concentration offered by the neutral background, the vivid red of the tunic and the saint's posture, as well as the detail with which every part of his body is depicted, the wise, directed treatment of the light, and the way the paint itself is applied, with dense, impasto brushstrokes.

It is signed and dated under the arm.

 
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