Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew

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Location: 
Room 34
Artists / Makers / Authorities: 
Jusepe de Ribera known as "Lo Spagnoletto"
Xàtiva, 1591 – Naples, 1652
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Description:

The painting illustrates martyrdom and physical torment. The almost naked apostle Bartholomew looks at us helplessly, while a sadistic drunken executioner delightedly flays him. On the ground, a classical sculpture, which has been identified as the god Baldach, and in the background two priests, their heads covered, are witnesses to the torture. The painting follows the text by Jacobus de Voragine in the 'Golden Legend', which is the Christian version of the fable of the satyr Marsyas, who suffered the same punishment as Saint Bartholomew. This is an extraordinary work demonstrating the excellent art of 'Lo Spagnoletto'. Before entering the MNAC it belonged to the illustrator Alexandre de Riquer.

Painting

1644

202 x 153 cm

Purchased 1903

Inventory number: 

024162-000

Oil on canvas
Century: 17th
Subject: Religion
Josep de Ribera o Jusepe de Ribera dit
Martiri de sant Bartomeu
Josep de Ribera o Jusepe de Ribera dit
Martiri de sant Bartomeu [1]
Josep de Ribera o Jusepe de Ribera dit
Martiri de sant Bartomeu [2]
Josep de Ribera o Jusepe de Ribera dit
Martiri de sant Bartomeu [3]
Josep de Ribera o Jusepe de Ribera dit
Martiri de sant Bartomeu [4]
Josep de Ribera o Jusepe de Ribera dit
Martiri de sant Bartomeu [5]