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'The skin tingles from the start of this powerful exhibition' - The Times
'Proves once and for all that Jusepe de Ribera belongs in the same company as Caravaggio and Rembrandt' - The Guardian
'Gory details exude such raw power and beauty' - The Evening Standard
Ribera: Art of Violence is the first UK show of work by the Spanish Baroque artist, Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652), displaying his most sensational, shocking and masterfully composed works.
Ribera is one of the titans of Spanish Baroque art. Born in Valencia, Spain, Ribera emigrated to Italy as a young artist in 1606. He spent most of his career in Naples, where he influenced many artists 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.
Bringing together loans from seven different countries, this ground-breaking exhibition explores, for the first time, an aspect of Ribera’s art for which he was renowned: violent depictions of saints and figures being flayed and flogged. Ribera’s images of pain can be shocking, and he has historically been labelled as sadistic and violent. Challenging this long-standing interpretation, this show reveals the complex artistic, religious and cultural discourses underpinning the artist’s violent imagery in his paintings, prints and drawings.
*Please note this exhibition contains one example of human remains in the form of tattooed skin*
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Generously supported by:
The exhibition catalogue was generously supported by:
The Elizabeth Cayzer Charitable Trust
Official Paint Partner