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Lot 6996: Jose de Ribera: Portrait Study of Moses, Oil, c.1637
27 October 2016
Franklin, MA, USALive Auction
Jose de Ribera (Attributed)(Spain, 1591-1652): Portrait Study of Moses, oil on canvas, unsigned, c.1637.
A March 4, 1964 appraisal by Sigmund Rothschild of New York concludes that Portrait Study of Moses Jose de Ribera is tentatively "a lost work by Ribera from the Alcazar in Madrid which was destroyed by fire in 1734 and was painted by Jose de Ribera (1591-1652)." He further concludes on October 4, 1964, in a more detailed report which outlines several comparables and testing methods, that "We know that the Alcazar, a museum in Madrid destroyed by fire in 1734, housed another Moses by Ribera. With respect to such circumstantial evidence as subject matter, materials, composition, technique, palette, and the fact that the painting, under testing, shows evidence of fire, I would propose that our work is a lost Ribera possibly from the Alcazar."
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General minor grime. Restored c.1980 by Margaret Weatherstone of the Whitney Museum. Installed in an ornate 20th Century frame.
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Dimensions: 43.87 x 33.5 inches (canvas)
Artist or Maker: Jose de Ribera