• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

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    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors

    27 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 284

    Studio of Jusepe Ribera (Valencia 1591-1652 Naples)

    Job berated by his wife

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    Studio of Jusepe Ribera (Valencia 1591-1652 Naples)
    Job berated by his wife
    with signature and date 'J[*]sepe de Ríbera español. F./1632'(on the stone beneath Job's left leg, lower right)
    oil on canvas
    56½ x 76 3/8 in. (143.5 x 194 cm.)

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    This painting is a copy after the original by Ribera, first discovered by Prof. Benito Navarrete and published in Finaldi in 2003 (op. cit.), p. 21, under note 20. The original is now in a private collection in Madrid (oil on canvas, 55 1/8 x 74 inches). An additional studio copy recently appeared at auction with an erroneous attribution to Francesco Fracanzano (Semenzato, Venice, 17 April 2005, lot 10; oil on canvas, 59 7/8 x 79½ inches).


    The Hon. John Spencer (1709-1746), and by descent to
    The Earls Spencer, Althorp, Northamptonshire.

    Pre-Lot Text



    G. Knapton, Catalogue of the Pictures at Althorpe and Wimbledon belonging to the Late Honble Mr Spencer, inventory, 25 October 1746, no. 199, as 'Job and his wife by Muliano'.
    T.F. Dibdin, Aedes Althorpianae, London, 1822, p. 276, as 'Spagnoletto'.
    J.P. Neale, Views The Most Conspicuous Among The Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, London, 1823, II, n.p., as 'Spagnoletto'.
    Earl of Spencer, Catalogue of the Pictures at Althorp House, London, 1831, p. 24, no. 341, as 'Spagnoletto'.
    Catalogue of the Pictures at Althorpe House, London, 1851, no. 215.
    H. Walpole, 'Journals of Visits to Country Seats & c.', The Walpole Society, XVI, Oxford, 1927-1928, p. 31 (records author's visit to Althorp, August 1760: 'Several good Spagnolets, particularly Job & his Wife').
    K.J. Garlick, 'A Catalogue of Pictures at Althorp', The Walpole Society, XLV, Oxford, 1974, p. 71, no. 545, pl. 27, as 'Ribera'.
    G. Finaldi, 'La Piedad de Ribera', Ribera La Piedad, Contextos de la Colección Permanente, 14, Madrid, 2003, pp. 19-21, fig. 3, note 20, as 'workshop of Ribera'.
    N. Spinosa, Ribera. L'Opera completa, Naples, 2003, p. 236, notes 68, 69; and p. 265, cited under no. A48, as 'a period copy after Ribera (the original in a Mexican collection)'.
    P. Boccardo, ed., L'Età di Rubens: Dimore, committenti e collezionisti genovesi, Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, 2004, pp. 268-269, under no. 55, as 'Fracanzano'.
    N. Spinosa, Ribera. L'Opera Completa, Naples, 2006, p. 236, notes 68, 69; and p. 316, cited under no. A149, as 'a workshop copy after Ribera (the original in a Spanish collection)'.
    N. Spinosa, Ribera. La Obra Completa, Madrid, 2008, p. 395, cited under no. A169, as 'a workshop copy after Ribera (the original in a Madrid private collection)'.