Jusepe de Ribera (copy by) - inv. 3345
This is a copy of a possibly lost work by the Spanish painter Jusepe de Ribera, for long active in Naples during the first half of the 17th century.
Saint Francis of Paola (1416–1507) turns his gaze to the heavens: his attributes are the hermit’s stick and a sheet of paper with the word “charity”, the motto of the Minims, the Franciscan order he founded. Many versions of the Calabrian saint are known, both by Ribera and by later artists, scattered in private and public European collections. The Museum’s version is a 17th-century, not a later, copy.