Saturday, 28 September 2013
' St Albert tied to a Tree 'José de Ribera (Spanish 1591-1652) Red chalk on paper, circa 1626. The British Museum, London
The expatriated José de Ribera (1591-1652) was known in Italy as "Lo Spagnoletto" (or the 'little Spaniard') De Ribera enjoyed the luxury of international patronage , from Spanish Royalty to the Roman Catholic Church. Throughout his career he was commended for his ability to depict mental and physical suffering , with sensitivity for line and light .