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The Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew

Jusepe de Ribera

Artwork Details

The Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew
Jusepe de Ribera
etching with some engraving on paper
13 9/16 x 10 7/16 in. (34.3 x 26.4 cm);22 3/16 x 18 3/16 in. (56.2 x 46.04 cm)
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser


Ribera's predilection for gruesome martyrdoms is evident in his etching of Saint Bartholomew being flayed alive. The artist's knowledge of anatomy and his ability to give a sense of realism enhances the horror presented by this scene of torture.

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