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Picture Books of the Past: Jusepe de Ribera, called Lo Spagnoletto

Enjoy this series of segments highlighting Picture Books of the Past: Reading Old Master Paintings, a loan exhibition of 60+ works from the M&G collection. The exhibit has traveled to The Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. and the Orlando Museum of Art in Florida.

This work by Jusepe de Ribera is one of the most compelling portraits of Christ of the 16th century. (Following your video viewing click HERE to access the additional information provided on the exhibition’s text panels.)

Whatsoever Things Are… Lovely: The Heavenly Shepherd


Bartolomé Esteban Murillo is known for his warm, compelling portraits of children. In this work, he combines that warmth with Christian symbols and in so doing, he creates a portrait that highlights not only Christ’s innocence but also His sovereignty.


Visit HERE for the next video to consider those things that are Lovely.

Procession to Calvary

Procession to Calvary

Polychrome Spanish, 1500s

Below the image, click play to listen.

John the Baptist: Polychromed Sculpture

Not everyone who can hew a block of wood is able to carve an image; nor is everyone who can carve it able to outline and polish it; nor is he that can polish it able to paint it. (St. John of the Cross). This 18th-century figure highlights one unknown sculptor’s mastery of all three skills.

Jusepe de Ribera: Ecce Homo

This evocative portrait of Christ by Jusepe de Ribera was one of Bob Jones Jr.’s “very special favorites.”

Antonio del Castillo y Saavedra: St. John the Baptist in the Wilderness

In addition to highlighting traditional symbols associated with John the Baptist, Castillo’s painting illustrates how renderings of this prophet changed over time.