Jusepe de Ribera, ‘The Immaculate Conception’, ca. 1640, Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper, Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, red chalk on paper, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Jusepe de Ribera

The Immaculate Conception, ca. 1640

Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, red chalk on paper
242 × 131 in
614.7 × 332.7 cm
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Image provided by the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Jusepe de Ribera
Spanish, 1591–1652
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The expatriated José de Ribera was known in Italy as “Lo Spagnoletto” (or “the Little Spaniard”), in no small part for a painting style mixing Spanish realism and Carravaggio’s Tenebrism. De Ribera enjoyed the luxury of international patronage, from Spanish Royalty to the Roman Catholic Church. His early paintings were austere, gloomy, and dramatic, and often graphic or horrific; later works had softer tones and lighter color palettes. Throughout his career, he was commended for his ability to depict mental and physical suffering, with sensitivity for line and light. De Ribera’s contribution in Spanish Baroque painting inspired younger generations of artists, including Francisco de Zurbarán, Salvator Rosa, and Luca Giordano.

Jusepe de Ribera, ‘The Immaculate Conception’, ca. 1640, Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper, Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, red chalk on paper, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Jusepe de Ribera
Spanish, 1591–1652
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The expatriated José de Ribera was known in Italy as “Lo Spagnoletto” (or “the Little Spaniard”), in no small part for a painting style mixing Spanish realism and Carravaggio’s Tenebrism. De Ribera enjoyed the luxury of international patronage, from Spanish Royalty to the Roman Catholic Church. His early paintings were austere, gloomy, and dramatic, and often graphic or horrific; later works had softer tones and lighter color palettes. Throughout his career, he was commended for his ability to depict mental and physical suffering, with sensitivity for line and light. De Ribera’s contribution in Spanish Baroque painting inspired younger generations of artists, including Francisco de Zurbarán, Salvator Rosa, and Luca Giordano.

Jusepe de Ribera

The Immaculate Conception, ca. 1640

Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, red chalk on paper
242 × 131 in
614.7 × 332.7 cm
Permanent collection
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