RIBERA, Jusepe de
(b. 1591, Játiva, d. 1652, Napoli)

St Paul

Oil on canvas, 101 x 75 cm
Private collection

This canvas belongs to the intensely realistic and direct portrayals of the Apostles for which Ribera is justly famous. The choice of ordinary men as models for his series of Saints and Apostles brought an immediacy to his paintings.

The painting is signed and dated lower right: Jusepe de Ribera/espanol, F. 1632.