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Ribera: Art of Violence

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

26 Sep 2018 - 27 Jan 2019

The first major UK exhibition dedicated to the Spanish baroque painter, draughtsman and printmaker Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652). A selection of eight monumental canvases will be displayed alongside significant drawings and prints to explore the theme of violence in Ribera’s art. 40 works will be arranged thematically, examining the painter’s striking depictions of saintly martyrdom and mythological violence, skin and the five senses, crime and punishment, and the bound male figure. This exhibition will demonstrate how his images of bodies in pain are neither the product of his supposed sadism nor the expression of a purely aesthetic interest. Rather, they involve a complex artistic, religious and cultural engagement in the depiction of bodily suffering. Find out more about the ‘Ribera: Art of Violence’ exhibition from the Dulwich Picture Gallery’s website.

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Saint Sebastian (1620-22), Jusepe di Ribera. © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Saint Sebastian (1620–22), Jusepe di Ribera. © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Studies of the Nose and Mouth (c. 1622), Jusepe di Ribera. ©The Trustees of the British Museum

Studies of the Nose and Mouth (c. 1622), Jusepe di Ribera. © The Trustees of the British Museum

Saint Sebastian Tended by the Holy Women (c. 1620-23), Jusepe di Ribera. © Bilboko Arte Ederren Museoa-Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao

Saint Sebastian Tended by the Holy Women (c. 1620–23), Jusepe di Ribera. © Bilboko Arte Ederren Museoa-Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao

Man Bound to a Stake (early 1640s), Jusepe di Ribera. © Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

Man Bound to a Stake (early 1640s), Jusepe di Ribera. © Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

Apollo and Marsyas (1637), Jusepe di Ribera. Photo: Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte

Apollo and Marsyas (1637), Jusepe di Ribera. Photo: Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte

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