Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652)
“Women Gladiators” (1636)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
The painting depicts a legendary episode that occurred at Naples in 1552. Two women, Isabella de Carazzi and Diambra de Pottinella, in a duel for the love of a man called Fabio de Zeresola. Pottinella won the duel after Catazzi conceded.
Allegory of History (1615-1620). Jusepe de Ribera (Spanish, 1591-1652). Oil on canvas. The State Hermitage Museum.
Ribera moved to Naples permanently in the middle of 1616. His Spanish nationality aligned him with the small Spanish governing class in the city, and also with the Flemish merchant community, from another Spanish territory, who included important collectors of and dealers in art.