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Philosopher Crates

Jusepe de Ribera
1591 - 1652
Philosopher Crates
Oil on canvas 124 x 98.5 cm
Signed, dated and titled lower right: Josephf de Ribera espanol /.F. 1636 / crate tebano; Inscribed bottom right: crate tebano

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Ribera was one of the greatest painters of 17th century Spain. This canvas is one of a series representing the famous philosophers of antiquity and depicts the Cynical philosopher of Thebes, Crates. Rejecting idealization, Ribera sought out the actual expressions of his figures and here he renders in his own distinctively harsh naturalism the philosopher Crates who abandoned his property to become a religious mendicant.

(Source: The Digital Gallery. 1999-2006)

photo:Jusepe de Ribera
Philosopher Crates