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    Sale 1961

    Old Master And 19th Century Drawings

    24 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 35

    Jusepe Ribera, Il Spagnoletto (Valencia 1591-1652 Naples)

    A mother carrying a child and kitchen utensils, followed by a boy and a dog

    Price Realised  

    Jusepe Ribera, Il Spagnoletto (Valencia 1591-1652 Naples)
    A mother carrying a child and kitchen utensils, followed by a boy and a dog
    with inscription 'Spagnoletto' on the mount
    pen and brown ink, brown wash on light brown paper
    7 x 4 5/8 in. (178 x 143 mm.)


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    A woman swaddling a child is holding implements for a fire: a ladle, a poker, a shovel and a grille. Behind her is a naked child holding a girandola with a little dog.
    J. Brown in his 1974 article dates the drawing to the 1640s, noting that the looser linear handling and opaque wash is characteristic of Ribera's later period, a dating accepted by M. Mena and R. Muzii (in exhib. cat., Madrid, 1992, op. cit., p. 482).
    This type of drawing executed rapidly, with simplicity of means and depicting scenes of everyday life with acute observation made a deep impression on Ribera's disciple, Salvator Rosa (1615-1673) whose numerous drawings dating fron the 1650s evince the strong influence of the Spanish master.

    Provenance

    With F. Rockman, New York.
    Doctor Richard Krautheimer and Doctor Trude Krautheimer-Hess;
    Christie's, New York, 10 January 1996, lot 59, where acquired by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK PRIVATE COLLECTION (LOTS 14, 35, 79, 95 AND 144)


    Literature

    J. Brown, 'More Drawings by Giuseppe de Ribera' in Master Drawings, XII, no. 4, 1974, p. 371, no. 18, pl. 34B.


    Exhibited

    New York, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, Drawings from the Collection of Mrs. Richard Krautheimer, 1961, no. 81 (as Gypsies).
    Naples, Castel Sant'Elmo, Certosa di San Martino and the Cappella del Tesoro di San Gennaro, Jusepe de Ribera 1591-1652, 1992, no. 2.52. Madrid, Museo del Prado, Ribera 1591-1652, 1992, no. D.64.