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Aristotle

Jusepe de Ribera1637

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

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  • Title: Aristotle
  • Date Created: 1637
  • Type: oil paintings
  • Rights: The Clowes Collection
  • External Link: http://www.imamuseum.org/mercury/load-artwork/32666
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • wall label: Ribera's image of Aristotle is one of six imaginary portraits of ancient philosophers commissioned in 1636 by the prince of Liechtenstein. The artist's conception of Aristotle as an ordinary man wearing a scholar's skullcap and a ragged robe, a "beggar philosopher," is a type that enjoyed great popularity in the 17th century. Ribera's direct, naturalistic style and his dramatic use of light, both of which derive from Caravaggio, combine to create a powerful evocation of a philosopher deep in thought. "In poverty and naked goes Philosophy," the masses bent on making money say." -Petrarch, Canzoniere, about 1373-74
  • measurements: 49 x 39 in.
  • Artist: Ribera, Jusepe de

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