Jusepe de Ribera - inv. 332

Titolo: 
Portrait of a Jesuit Missionary
Numero di Inventario: 
332
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
Portrait
Parole chiave soggetto: 
portrait of a Jesuit Missionary
Motivo attribuzione: 
signature
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652)
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Napoli
Naples
Campania
Italy
Libri correlati: 
Periodo: 
1600
Datazione specifica: 
1638
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
"JUSEPE DE RIBERA ESPANOL VALENCIANO / F. 1638"
Data di Ingresso: 
1881
Tipo di acquisizione: 
acquisition
Provenienza: 
antique dealer G. Baslini
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
Trivulzio Room
10
Codice audioguida: 
211

This painting had belonged to the famous Milanese collector Carlo Castelbarco.
Jusepe de Ribera was a Spanish painter who came to Italy as a very young man to pursue his career.
After having lived in Rome for a year, in 1616 he moved to Naples, where he worked both for the Spanish nobility then ruling the city, and for churches and convents.
This painting was depicted while the painter was decorating the Certosa of San Martino, and is considered as a masterpiece of Seventeenth century portraiture.
Although the precise identity of the Jesuit is unknown, the presence of a lion on which the man rests his hand suggests that he might have been a missionary. However, the lion is also part of Christ's iconography, and the animal could therefore be interpreted as a symbolic reference to the subject's membership in the Jesuit order.
The lion's muzzle, mane, paws and tail are outlined by quick brushwork; in contrast to the face and the hands of the man which are instead carefully defined and enhanced by the abrupt contrast with the dark background and the man's black dress.
Thanks to the expert balance of light and shadows used to characterise the face, the portrait is extraordinarily vivid and expressive.

 

Masterpiece: 
false
Url Audio: 
http://www.museopoldipezzoli.it/audioguide/en_Sala_Trivulzio_Jusepe_Ribera_Ritratto_missionario.mp3