Attributed to Jusepe de Ribera

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Attributed to Jusepe de Ribera
Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew
Pen and brown ink on paper.
7 x 5 1/4 inches (177 x 132 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 106a

Inscribed in pen and brown ink on verso, "Philippo Napoletano".

Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, in 1909 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York (no mark; see Lugt 1509); his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.

Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : drawings by the old masters formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 106a.


The attribution of this drawing to Ribera is far from certain and remains an open question. Jak Katalan suggested an attribution to Simone Cantarini, who has also been proposed as the artist responsible for a seemingly related drawing in the Louvre (inv. 9659, currently attributed to Francesco Allegrini). The inscription on the verso of the Morgan drawing, however, refers to Filippo Napoletano (also known as Teodoro Filippo di Liagno, ca. 1587-1629), and he was to artist to whom the Louvre drawing was also formerly attributed, suggesting that the traditional attributions of both perhaps bear reconsideration. Other drawings by Filippo Napoletano have inscriptions and numbering akin to that on the Morgan sheet.

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Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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