TitleJusepe de Ribera's artistic identity and self-fashioning in early modern Italy and Spain
NameEstevez, Lisandra (author), Puglisi, Catherine (chair), McHam, Sarah Blake (internal member), Marder, Tod (internal member), Otero-Torres, Dámaris (outside member), Rutgers University, Graduate School - New Brunswick,
Painters--Italy--Naples--Social conditions--17th century,
Social status in art,
Ribera, Jusepe de,--1591-1652
DescriptionThis dissertation considers the ways in which Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652) fashioned his artistic identity and sought to elevate his social status in Spanish Naples. My dissertation studies alternative ways of understanding the social status of Spanish painters. Organized in five chapters, my dissertation examines the methods Ribera used to shape his artistic identity as a Spanish painter working in viceregal Naples. In chapter one, I consider the outward markers of Ribera’s success: the practical strategies he took to ensure his economic success and to elevate his social position. The second chapter deals with Ribera’s intellectual self-fashioning and the cultivation of his “learned naturalism.” A systematic study of the artist’s signatures in his paintings, drawings, and prints forms the core of the third chapter of this dissertation. In this same chapter, I analyze extant early modern portraits of the artist, both accurate and fanciful, in assessing an approximate likeness of the painter. I analyze Ribera’s critical fortunes and biographies in the fourth chapter to see how early modern art biographers virtually “painted” varying literary portraits of Ribera as portrayed in early modern Italian and Spanish art treatises and biographies. Chapter five focuses on how Ribera’s image was further cultivated by early modern Spanish and Neapolitan Baroque poets and playwrights.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Lisandra Estevez
CollectionGraduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.