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Study of a Man with Upraised Hand (Orator)
Study of a Man with Upraised Hand (Orator)
ca. 1625
Not on display
Pen And Brown Ink, Inscribed 'Spagnoletto 195' And 'Spagnoletto' (verso)
Sheet: 194 x 140 mm (7 5/8 x 5 1/2 in.)
Object Type:

Joseph Green Cogswell (1786-1871); Mortimer Leo Schiff (1877-1931); Moore S. Achenbach (1878-1963).

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Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts

Exhibition History:

Claremont (CA), Pomona College, Baroque, 1966 (without catalogue).
Saskatchewan, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, A Selection of Italian Drawings from North American Collections, 1970, no. 39 (cat. by W. Vitzthum).
Princeton University Art Museum and Cambridge (MA) Fogg Art Museum, Jusepe de Ribera: Prints and Drawings, 1973, no. 16 (cat. by J. Brown).
Los Angeles, LACMA, Old Master Drawings from American Collections, 1976, no. 222 (cat. by J. Brown).
San Francisco, FAMSF, Masterworks from the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Feb 21 - May 3, 1981.
San Francisco, FAMSF, Master Drawings from the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, 1985, no. 37 (entry by J.R. Goldyne).
Madrid, Museo del Prado, and New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ribera 1591-1652, 1992, no. D 21 (English edn. no. 103) (entry by M.B. Mena Marqués)
San Francisco, FAMSF, Treasures of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, 1995, no. 44 (cat. by R.F. Johnson, K. Breuer and J.R. Goldyne).
San Francisco, FAMSF, Rembrandt's Century, 2013 (cat. by J. Ganz, fig. 37)
Madrid, Museo del Prado and Dallas, Meadows Museum, Between Heaven and Hell. The Drawings of Jusepe de Ribera, 2017, no. 94 (cat. by G. Finaldi, no. 65).

Drawn with confidence, the sheet features a bald man, portrayed in profile, draped in a cloak or toga and raising his hand. The assertive gesture might indicate he is addressing or admonishing someone beyond the page. Possibly depicting a figure from the ancient world, or an actor playing a role, this study fully attests Ribera's talent as draftsman: the spare, sweeping ink lines infuse an expressive charge to the composition, and the voluminous, angular folds of the figure's cloak appear similar to those found in the study for Saint Apollonia at the Achenbach (inv. 1963.24.620), also a drawing of the mid 1620's. (F.R.)