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4 months to go! ‘Ribera: Art of Violence’ opens 26 September 2018 at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

ribera-martiri-de-sant-bartomeu-large-bannerThis autumn, Dulwich Picture Gallery will present the first exhibition in the UK dedicated to the Spanish Baroque painter, draughtsman and printmaker Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652). Born in Játiva, Valencia, Ribera emigrated to Italy as a young artist. Proud of his Spanish heritage, he eventually settled in Naples, then a Spanish territory, but never again returned to Spain. A hybrid figure, Ribera had a significant influence on the art of both countries in the seventeenth century.

Introducing this artist to a UK audience, the exhibition will focus on some of Ribera’s most powerful images featuring saints and sinners, flaying and flogging. Ribera’s images of pain have often been described as shocking and even grotesque in their realism. In a common historiographical trope, the artist himself has been labelled as sadistic and violent. Challenging this long-standing interpretation, Ribera: Art of Violence will reveal the complex artistic, religious and cultural discourses underpinning the artist’s violent imagery in paint and on paper. This exploration will be anchored by a number of major loans from North American and European collections, with some works travelling to the UK for the first time.

A scholarly catalogue will accompany the exhibition, showcasing the new research which has informed the display.

Ribera: Art of Violence is co-curated by ARTES committee member Dr Edward Payne (Head Curator of Spanish Art, The Auckland Project), author of a PhD thesis on the theme of violence in Ribera’s art (2012) and contributor to the catalogue raisonné of Ribera’s drawings (2016), and Dr Xavier Bray (Director, The Wallace Collection), former Arturo and Holly Melosi Chief Curator at Dulwich Picture Gallery, and curator of the National Gallery’s exhibitions The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600–1700 (2009) and Goya: The Portraits (2015).

Click here for a video presenting the exhibition, and here for a preview article in The Guardian. 


ARTES visit to the Museo del Prado (14 January 2017)*


With Dr Edward Payne, Senior Curator, Spanish Art, Auckland Castle Trust

Saturday 14th January 2017, 9:30 – 11:00 A.M.

Rendezvous at Museo del Prado (at main entrance at the back of the building)


  • *Due to unforeseen circumstances, the visit to El Escorial
  • on Friday 13th January 2017 has been cancelled


ARTES members wishing to travel should RSVP to artesiberia@gmail.com and arrange their own travel and accommodation.


Curators in Conversation: Ribera across the Generations. 6:30-8:30 pm, Thursday 9th February, 2017




Gabriele Finaldi (Director, The National Gallery) &
Edward Payne (Senior Curator: Spanish Art, Auckland Castle Trust)
Colnaghi, 26 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AL


ARTES welcomes Gabriele Finaldi, curator of Ribera: Master of Drawing at the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid (22 November 2016 – 19 February 2017), in conversation with Edward Payne, curator of the exhibition’s second incarnation Between Heaven and Hell: The Drawings of Jusepe de Ribera at the Meadows Museum, Dallas (12 March – 11 June 2017). They will be discussing the genesis of the exhibition which celebrates the publication of the first complete catalogue raisonné of Ribera’s drawings. The event will take place in the stunning new Colnaghi gallery in Bury Street, followed by wine and jamón provided by Spanish restaurateurs Brindisa.

ARTES would like to thank the Instituto Cervantes and its Director, Julio Crespo Maclennan for their support with this event.

This event is open to ARTES members only. RSVP to Alice@colnaghi.com




Spanish Masters from the Hermitage (Amsterdam)


Spanish Masters from the Hermitage:
The World of El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo & Goya

The Hermitage, Amsterdam, 28 November 2015 – 29 May 2016

More than sixty paintings and a rich collection of graphic works and applied arts masterpieces are on show.


Golden Age of Neapolitan Painting (Montpellier, Musée Fabre)


The Golden Age of Neapolitan Painting
From Ribera to Giordano
Exhibition, Musée Fabre, Montpellier
20 June to 11 October 2015

A national loan exhibition exploring 17th-century Neapolitan painting displaying about ten works by Ribera, including his Portrait of a Club-footed Boy, shown alongside work by his Neapolitan contemporaries.

EXHIBITION Art in Naples, a Golden Age 20 June – 11 Oct 2015 Musée Fabre, Montepellier, France

The Musée Fabre is showing Art in Naples, a Golden Age from 20 June to 11 October 2015. This follows on from the highly successful Caravaggio exhibition held in 2012.

In the XVIIth century Naples – second to Paris – was the most populated city in Europe and nearly Paris’ equal as a centre of art and culture. It was in Naples, rather than in Rome, that the naturalistic forms, monochrome palette and sharply directed ‘cellar’ lighting invented by Caravaggio and introduced by him to the city by in 1606, evolved and developed, primarily in the work of Caracciolo, Stanzione and, above all, Ribera, who, with his immediate followers dominated Neapolitan art in the first half of the century. These artists, whose best paintings are of great, often tragic, intensity, coexisted with painters of highly-finished exquisite canvases, often on a small scale, such as Cavallino and Guarino, whose approach ultimately derived from an earlier, less intense and more voluptuous phase of Caravaggio’s work. But, in the second half of the century, painters such as Mattia Preti, Luca Giordano, and, in the genre of still-life, Giovanni Battista Recco, moved away from the extreme severity and concentration of the Caravaggesque tradition and gradually came to terms with the exuberance and amplitude of the Baroque with its sensual and fluid employment of colour and its grand patterns of movement, a development that culminated in the European-wide triumph of Solimena in the years around 1700.

The exhibition also illustrates the close connections between Neapolitan art and the city’s turbulent history, from the eruption of Vesuvius in 1631, through Masaniello’s revolt of 1647, to the devastating plague of 1656.

For more information about the exhibition and the Musée Fabre see:
Art in Naples a Golden Age – The Musée Fabre, Montpellier

musée fabre expo été naples
Musée Fabre
39 boulevard Bonne Nouvelle
34000 Montpellier
TEL: 00 33 4 67 14 83 00
Tram Line 1 Comédie or Corum
Tram Line 2 Corum

Opening times Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 7pm
Closed Mondays. Open on July 14th and August 15th (Bank Holidays)
Entrance fee 10€   Concessionary fee 8€

Guided tours & times every day except Monday
In June, July & August at 11am & at 4pm
In September & October at 11am, 1pm & 4pm
Prices 13 €   With a Pass’Agglo/Pass’Métropole 10,50€   Concessionary rate 9,50€

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© Jusepe de Ribera, Le Pied Bot, 1642, huile sur toile, 164 x 93,5 cm, Paris, musée du Louvre, Photo © RMN-Grand Palais / Stéphane Maréchalle
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© Bernardo Cavallino, Judith, vers 1650, huile sur toile, 101 x 94 cm, Stockholm, Nationalmuseum, Photo © Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

Sevilla – Simposio internacional sobre El joven Velázquez 15-17 octubre de 2014

Un simposio internacional sobre El joven Velázquez tendrá lugar en el Instituto de la Cultura y las Artes de Sevilla (ICAS), del 15 al 17 de octubre de 2014, bajo la dirección científica y coordinación de Benito Navarrete Prieto Universidad de Alcalá

contacto: Francesca Ortiz fortiz.cultura@sevilla.org


15 de octubre (tarde) 17:00
Presentación del simposio a cargo de Juan Ignacio Zoido, Alcalde de Sevilla, Salvador Medina, Santander Universidades y Jock Reynolds, Director de la Yale Art Gallery University.

Conferencia inaugural Salón Colón del Ayuntamiento de Sevilla 18:00
Xavier Salomon
 Chief Curator of The Frick Collection NY 18:00
El joven Ribera y el joven Velázquez

Espacio de Santa Clara
Sevilla en tiempos de Velázquez

Carlos Alberto Sánchez Universidad de Sevilla 19:30
De la pluma al pincel. Retóricas gráficas de la época de Velázquez

Alfredo Morales Universidad de Sevilla 20:00
“Un olor de ciudad, un otro no se que”. Arquitecturas de la Sevilla de Velázquez

16 de octubre (mañana)
La cultura y los círculos intelectuales

Vicente Lleó Cañal Universidad de Sevilla 10:00
El joven Velázquez y el círculo de Olivares

Fernando Marías Universidad Autónoma de Madrid 10:30
Materia, objetos y pintura en Velázquez

Luis Méndez Rodríguez Universidad de Sevilla 11:00
La cultura sevillana en la formación de Diego Velázquez

Tanya Tiffany Milwaukee University EEUU 11:30
El Retrato de Madre Jerónima de la Fuente de Velázquez y el Convento de Santa Clara de Sevilla

Descanso 12:00

Jeremy Roe Honorary Research Fellow University of Nottingham 12:30
La recepción de la pintura por el espectador culto: testimonios del “Arte de la Pintura” entre otras fuentes

Peter Cherry Trinity College Dublín 13:00
Velázquez el sevillano y el arte del retrato

16 de octubre (tarde)
La formación del genio. Pacheco y la cárcel dorada del arte

Bonaventura Bassegoda i Hugas Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona 16:30
Velázquez visto por Pacheco: de la perplejidad a la admiración

José Riello Universidad Autónoma de Madrid 17:00
El Greco y Velázquez: afinidades electivas

Enrique Valdivieso Universidad de Sevilla 17:30
Francisco Pacheco, maestro de Velázquez

Ignacio Cano Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla 18:00
El retrato como fundamento en Pacheco y Velázquez

Antonio Martínez Ripoll Universidad de Alcalá 18:30
Educación y aprendizaje. Diego Velázquez, pintor autodidacta

Descanso 19:00

José Roda Peña Universidad de Sevilla 19:30
La iconografía de Santa Ana enseñando a leer a la Virgen y sus modelos escultóricos en Sevilla

Odile Delenda Wildenstein Institute París 20:00
La educación de la Virgen: problemas de iconografía

17 de octubre (mañana)

Las formas y las obras: más allá de la pintura

José Manuel Cruz Valdovinos Universidad Complutense de Madrid 10:00
Constantes y variantes en la pintura sevillana de Velázquez 

Salvador Salort Pons Detroit Institute of Art (EEUU) 10:30
Velázquez y el Bodegón

Guillaume Kientz Museo del Louvre 11:00
Velázquez y el caravaggismo

Xavier Bray Dulwich Picture Gallery. London 11:30
Velázquez y la escultura policromada

Descanso 12:00

Véronique Gérard Powell Universidad de la Sorbona 12:30
¿Por qué perdimos de Sevilla las pinturas del joven Velázquez?

17 de octubre (tarde)

La técnica pictórica

Carmen Garrido  Museo del Prado 17:00
Estudio técnico de la Inmaculada de la Fundación Focus-Abengoa

Jaime García Mahiquez Museo del Prado 17:30
Los calcos de Velázquez

Valme Muñoz Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla 18:00
Estudio técnico de la “Santa Ana enseñando a leer a la Virgen” de Juan de Roelas: confluencias y disonancias con Velázquez

Mesa Redonda de Clausura: La Educación de la Virgen de Yale restaurada 18:30

John Marciari Independent Curator. Baltimore (EEUU)

Ian McClure Yale Art Gallery. Yale University (EEUU) 19:45

Carmen Albendea Yale Art Gallery. Yale University (EEUU)

Lawrence Kanter Yale Art Gallery. Yale University (EEUU)

Javier Portús Museo del Prado