Spanish Baroque Art
Jusepe de Ribera
The Poet (Etching, 1620-21)
Metropolitan Museum of Art:

"Dressed in voluminous robes, crowned with laurel, and leaning on a stone with head in hand, Ribera’s poet is one of the most striking images of the artist’s early career. The iconography, a synthesis of the attributes of Melancholy and Poetry, has been explored in detail by scholars. An alternative suggestion that the poet is Virgil seems a viable one, especially since his tomb was traditionally thought to be in Naples.”

Jusepe de Ribera

The Poet (Etching, 1620-21)

Metropolitan Museum of Art:

"Dressed in voluminous robes, crowned with laurel, and leaning on a stone with head in hand, Ribera’s poet is one of the most striking images of the artist’s early career. The iconography, a synthesis of the attributes of Melancholy and Poetry, has been explored in detail by scholars. An alternative suggestion that the poet is Virgil seems a viable one, especially since his tomb was traditionally thought to be in Naples.”

Tags: #Jusepe de Ribera #allegory #literature #history #Virgil #etching #engraving #print #illustration #17th century #Baroque #art history #art #poetry #lit
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