Chromonogka, Husepe de Ribera – overview of the painting

Chromonogka, Husepe de Ribera – overview of the painting
Chromonogka, Husepe de Ribera - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Jose de Ribera
  • Museum: Louvre
  • Year: 1642

Overview of the painting :

Chromonage – Husepe de Ribera. 1642. Oil on canvas. 164×92

   The representative of the realistic school of painting, the Spanish artist Husepe de Ribera painted religious paintings and portraits of people from the common people.

   One of these portraits was the Chromonogka canvas, which captured the lame little beggar, whose name history did not preserve. Ribera chooses a low horizon line and a low point of view at which the viewer looks at the model from the bottom up. A similar composition is traditionally used in ceremonial portraits of representatives of the nobility, since it makes the figure monumental for the sake of a named customer, subjugating the entire space of the picture to it. This approach could play a cruel joke with an unhappy chromonosk, flaunting his ugliness, but the genuine sincere smile and the boy’s love of life that is read in her works wonders.

   The image of a small tramp is full of charm and childish immediacy. I would like to believe that natural kindness and fortitude, reinforced by years of suffering and deprivation, will not allow him to sink to the bottom of society in the future and physical imperfection will not cause moral ugliness.

   The painting was handed over to the Louvre in 1869.