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Large Grotesque Head

Artist:
Jusepe de Ribera (called Lo Spagnoletto) (Spanish, Játiva 1591–1652 Naples)
Date:
ca. 1622
Medium:
Etching and engraving
Dimensions:
Sheet: 8 7/16 × 5 1/2 in. (21.4 × 14 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.3.1830
Not on view
Famed for his treatment of grotesque subjects in painting, Ribera brought this vision to his printmaking as well. This etching from 1622 is one of only sixteen that can be attributed to the artist with certainty. He conceived this grotesque head, like his closely related etchings of eyes and ears, as exercises in physiognomy in the tradition of Leonardo. The faint traces of an eye (barely legible at the upper left side of the man's stocking cap) indicates that this print was produced from a reworked plate for the etching of eyes.
Inscription: Signed in plate lower left: "JRA hispanus"
Vendor: Dick Estate, U.S. Trust
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 21, 1997–October 5, 1997.

B.XX.82.9; Brown 1973, no.11 i/ii
Adam von Bartsch Le Peintre graveur. Vienna, 1803.

Jonathan Brown Jusepe de Ribera: Prints and Drawings Exh. cat., Princeton, Princeton University, The Art Museum and Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum, 1973-74. Princeton, 1973.

Linda Wolk-Simon, Carmen C. Bambach An Italian Journey. Drawings from the Tobey Collection: Correggio to Tiepolo. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (May 12 - August 15, 2010). New York, 2010, p. 153, under no. 46, fig. 46.1 (entry by Carmen C. Bambach).



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