The Adoration of the Shepherds by Jusepe de Ribera

This work shows superb handling of the mixed technique of chalk, ink wash and highlights where the red chalk is deftly used for soft skin tones, the black for the bold outlining of the figures, and the wash for the shadows.

Details

Medium:
Black & red chalk, brown & grey wash
Dimensions:
16 x 20 cm
Art Fund grant:
£8,381 ( Total: £83,812; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
1992
Vendor:
Christie's

This is not a compositional study for any known painting but this is not unusual in Ribera's graphic work.

Provenance

1st Earl of Leicester; by descent; Sold Christie's 2/7/91.

Venue details

Walker Art Gallery William Brown Street, LIVERPOOL Merseyside L3 8EL 0151 478 4199 www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker

Entry details

Free to all

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Closed 25 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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