Jusepe de Ribera (called Lo Spagnoletto) (Spanish, Játiva 1591–1652 Naples)
Etching and engraving
Sheet: 8 7/16 × 5 1/2 in. (21.4 × 14 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1917
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).
Artist: Jusepe de Ribera (called Lo Spagnoletto) (Spanish, Játiva 1591–1652 Naples)Date: 1591–1652Medium: Pen and brown ink on off-white paper. Sheet is set into a thin mat (with annotations on the mat)Accession: 69.297On view in:Not on view
Artist: Jusepe de Ribera (called Lo Spagnoletto) (Spanish, Játiva 1591–1652 Naples)Date: 1591–1652Medium: Red chalk and brush and red wash on beige paper. Composition outlined on all borders with ruled lines in black chalkAccession: 1972.77On view in:Not on view
Artist: Jusepe de Ribera (called Lo Spagnoletto) (Spanish, Játiva 1591–1652 Naples)Date: 1591–1652Medium: Pen and brown ink with brush and brown wash over traces of black chalk underdrawing on beige paperAccession: 65.66.13On view in:Not on view