Jose de Ribera (1591-1652)

José de Ribera (1591 - 1652)

Spanish Neapolitan painter, draughtsman, and etcher. Born Játiva (Valencia), likely trained with Francisco Ribalta . In Italy by 1611 (possibly earlier), Rome by 1613 and then Spanish-ruled Naples by 1616 where worked and died, exporting many works to his native Spain. A leading exponent of Neapolitan painting, greatly influencing the young Luca Giordano. His etchings all (except for two) made in period 1620-28. Well known for his painting 'Drunken Silenus' (1626, Galleria Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples) , which he reproduced in print, and his etched series of ears, eyes, and mouths made for the instruction of young painters.

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