Large Grotesque Head (Man with Warts)

José Jusepe de Ribera, also called Lo Spagnoletto, Spanish (active Naples), 1591 - 1652

c. 1622

Etching and engraving

Sheet: 8 5/8 x 5 5/8 inches (21.9 x 14.3 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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The Muriel and Philip Berman Gift, acquired from the John S. Phillips bequest of 1876 to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with funds contributed by Muriel and Philip Berman, gifts (by exchange) of Lisa Norris Elkins, Bryant W. Langston, Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White, with additional funds contributed by John Howard McFadden, Jr., Thomas Skelton Harrison, and the Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, 1985

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Ribera, a Spaniard, spent much of his career in Naples. The naturalism favored by many Neapolitan artists is pushed to an extreme in this print, an image so starkly realistic that the man's condition (Von Recklinhausen Disease) has been diagnosed by modern authorities.