Detail from Jose de Ribera, Appolo and Marsius,1637
Part I Realistic paintings of Jose de Ribera (1591-1652) are full of scenes of torture, executions, and violence. It seems the master often attended various public executions of heretics and criminals where he made numerous sketches, later used in his works.
Napoli was a dangerous place in 18th century. Talented painters could not get along in this city by the Meditteranian see. When the painter Domenikino passed away surrounded by mysterious circumstances the citizens of the city suspected de Ribera in his death. Although there are no real proofs pointing towards de Ribera he seems to have a motive. The Spanish painter who fled Rome and his creditors there was the leader of so called Neapolitan clique. There were three painters in this informal group, Jiovanni Battista Karachollo, de Ribera and Greek Belizario Korencio. And they focused on expelling all non-local painters, resorting to threats, destroying their works and stalking.#scarystory #storytime #jelousy #baseemotions #nothingchanges #guidoreni #napoli #italy #passion #art #greed #deribera #curatedbynina #ninamdivani