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Ribera: Art of Violence

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"This show will be a must-see" - Time Out

Ribera: Art of Violence will be the first UK show of work by the Spanish Baroque artist and printmaker, Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652), bringing together his most sensational, shocking and masterfully composed work.

Ribera has long been celebrated for his depictions of human suffering, a popular subject for artists during the Catholic Counter-Reformation. This exhibition will explore for the first time the theme of violence in Ribera's work to demonstrate how his images are neither the product of his supposed sadism nor the expression of a purely aesthetic interest, but rather involve a complex artistic, religious and cultural engagement in the depiction of bodily suffering - challenging visitors to look beyond the shocking imagery. 

Born in Játiva, Valencia, Ribera spent most of his career in Naples, southern Italy, where he influenced many Neapolitan masters including Salvator Rosa and Luca Giordano. He is often regarded as the heir to Caravaggio for his dramatic use of light and shadow, and his practice of painting directly from the live model.

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Generously supported by:


The Elizabeth Cayzer Charitable Trust

Official Paint Partner

Image credits: Jusepe de Ribera, St Sebastian Tended by the Holy Women, c.1621, Oil on canvas, (detail), 180.3 x 231.6cm, The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. Photo: The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. ©Bilboko Arte Ederren Museoa-Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao; Jusepe de Ribera, Studies of the Nose and Mouth, c.1622, Etching, 14 x 21.6 cm, British Museum. Photo: British Museum. ©The Trustees of the British Museum. Jusepe de Ribera, Martyrdom of St Bartholomew, 1644, Oil on canvas, (detail), 202 x 153 cm, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona. Photo: Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona / Mnac,Calveras/Mérida/Sagristà. © Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona. 

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Event details

Start date
26 September 2018
End date
27 January 2019
10am - 5pm, Tuesday - Sunday (Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays)
Adult: £16.50* Senior: £15.50* Concessions: £8* (Unemployed, Disabled, Student, Art Fund, Museums Association Members). Under 18s, Friends, Carers: Free. *Includes optional Gift Aid donation