The Baroque of Jusepe de Ribera for the First Time in the United Kingdom

The Baroque of Jusepe de Ribera for the First Time in the United Kingdom
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The first visit of the works of Jusepe de Ribera in the United Kingdom entails a selection of eight monumental canvases displayed next to exceptional drawings and prints that explore the potent theme of violence in the art of this undisputed master of European painting in the 1600s. Considered the heir of Caravaggio for his dramatic use of shadow and light and for his practice of painting his subjects “live”, de Ribera shows human suffering in shocking and grotesque paintings, the fruit of a complex artistic, religious and cultural commitment to depicting physical suffering. From the Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew to the monumental Apollo and Marsyas, from drawings of anatomical studies of mouths, noses and ears to preparatory studies and sketches on paper, the Spanish artist, also known at the Spagnoletto, who spent a large part of his career in Naples, is on display for the public at the Dulwich Picture Gallery with all the stunning beauty of his works. Important works are on loan from both National and International institutions - from the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya to Palazzo Pitti, from the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid to the Museo di Capodimonte, as well as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York - for an exhibition without precedent.
Francesca Grego - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London