• Immaculate Conception
  • 1637
  • Jusepe de Ribera
  • Spanish
  • 1591-1652
  • Oil on canvas
  • CMA 1962.19

Jusepe Ribera is considered to be a powerful artist, skillful in the use of color and in the technique of broad conception in composition. This large painting is a fine example of Ribera's best period. The representation of the Immaculate Conception, especially popular in Spain and Italy in the 17th century, is based on Apocalypsis 12:1: "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars." This mystic figure is indeed "clothed with the sun," and is typical of Ribera's intimate union of religious conception and realistic style.

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