The reconstruction of José de Ribera’s activities in Rome around 1610-1616 has been one of the most important recent contributions to scholarship on the artist. Until recently, almost nothing was known regarding this period of his career. Art historians have now identified several dozen works from these years, while Ribera’s contribution to the prevailing Caravaggism has been precisely defined. Within this process, the acquisition by the Museo del Prado of The Raising of Lazarus can be considered significant. The present exhibition has been organised in order to disseminate knowledge of Ribera’s early activity and to create a context for a better understanding of the Lazarus painting. The exhibition will include around 30 paintings executed by Ribera in Rome and during his early years in Naples.
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