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

The Holy Family with St Catherine

Oil on canvas, 210 x 154 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Ribera was a sumptuous colorist. His style evolved from an early preoccupation with "tenebrist" techniques, through a period of experiment with a silvery light, to a final stage characterized by warm and golden tones. One of his most beautiful paintings is the Holy Family in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Especially notable is the beautiful still-life as well as the brilliant rendition of the fabrics and the tender expressions.