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RIBALTA

Francisco Ribalta 1565-1628    

It is thought likely that Ribalta learned his trade with Navarrete el Mudo in Madrid and at the monastery of El Escorial founded by Philip II. A painting from this era in a Mannerist style was the rather mediocre Nailing to the Cross.

 

 

nailing Christ to the cross francisco ribalta

 

Around 1600 he moved to Valencia, enjoying the patronage of the archbishop, Juan de Ribera. His works at this time, like the Retable of Santiago probably lacked any great originality.

However he developed his own powerful style after 1612 using emphasis on darkness rather than light (tenebroso) in compositions such as Christ Embracing St Bernard, The Singer, and Portacoeli Retable. It was works like these that influenced later painters like Zurbaran and Velazquez.

Christ embracing st bernard by ribalta

 

 

 

 

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