The Spanish Baroque painter, draughtsman and printmaker, Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652), has long been celebrated for his depictions of human suffering and contortion. This new volume is the first to explore the theme of violence in Ribera’s art, demonstrating how his works 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, challenging viewers to experience the arresting images beyond their initial shock. Situating his works within their historical context, this study underscores the relevance of Ribera’s violent imagery in contemporary art and society.
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