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Creator Name: Ribera, Jusepe de
Creator Nationality: European; Iberian; Spanish
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1591 - 1652
Creator Name-CRT: Jusepe de Ribera
Title: Saint Sebastian
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1628
Creation End Date: 1630
Creation Date: 1628-30
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: red chalk, with pen and brown ink
Dimensions: Sheet: 17.3cm x 12.4cm
Inscriptions: lower right, in brown ink: spanolette.F. ; lower right, in black ink: 20 [?]
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1997.53
Credit Line: Delia E. Holden Fund
Context: This subtly drawn red chalk study depicts the moment just before the Roman soldier Sebastian was shot through with arrows for refusing to renounce his Christian faith. The young martyr turns hopefully toward heaven as if comforted by divine light. Ribera favored the subject because it allowed him to study the expressive possibilities of the bound human figure. A number of related drawings by the artist from the same period treat similar themes of saints bound in punishment. Although Spanish by birth,Jusepe de Ribera spent most of his life in Naples, where he became the dominant artistic figure until his death in 1652.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1997.53
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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