Artist Jusepe de Ribera, Spanish, 1590-1652
  • An Old Man
Date ca. 1635
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 21 1/2 × 19 inches (54.6 × 48.3 cm)
Framed: 29 1/2 × 27 × 2 5/8 inches (74.9 × 68.6 × 6.7 cm)
Credit Line Gift of James E. Scripps
Accession Number 89.72
Department European Painting
On View European S2DD, Level 2 (see map)
1838, Louis Philippe, King of France, displayed in Galerie Espagnole, Musée du Louvre (Paris, France);
May 1853, (Christie and Manson, London, England) auction Louis Philippe, lot 316;
May 1853, purchased by Norton [for £120];
James E. Scripps (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
1889-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Notice des Tableaux de la Galerie Espagnole. Paris, 1838, no. 242.

Catalogue of the Pictures from the Celebrated Spanish Gallery of His Majesty the Late King Louis Philippe. Sales cat., Christie's and Manson. May 1853, London, no. 316.

Detroit Museum of Art Catalogue of the Scripps Collection of Old Masters. Detroit, 1889, no. 35.

Scripps, James E. Handbook of the Paintings Ancient and Modern Belonging to the Detroit Museum of Art. Detroit, 1895, p. 20.

Detroit Museum of Art Handbook of Paintings by the Old Masters. Detroit, 1910, p. 28, no. 31 (ill.).

Detroit Institute of Arts Catalogue of Paintings, Sculpture and Contemporary Arts and Crafts. Detroit, 1920, p. 91, no. 91.

Freund, F.E.W. "The Universal Art of Ribera." International Studio, 1926, pp. 13-19.

The More Important Paintings and Sculptures in the Detroit Institute of Arts of the City of Detroit. Detroit, 1927, p. 20.

Heil, W. Catalogue of Paintings in the Permanent Collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1930, cat. 188 (ill.).

Valentiner, W.R. "An Erroneous Callot Attribution." Art in America 20 (1932): p. 114 (fig. 2).

Scheyer, E. Baroque Painting. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1937, pp. 14-15 (fig. 4).

Detroit Institute of Arts Paintings and Sculptures Illustrated. Detroit, 1943, p. 162.

Richardson, E.P., ed. Detroit Institute of Arts Catalogue of Paintings. Detroit, 1944, pp. 109-110, no. 188.

Masterpieces of Painting and Sculpture from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1949, p. 174.

Man and His Years. Exh. cat., Baltimore Museum of Art. Baltimore, 1954, no. 41.

Exhibition of Paintings and Graphics by Jusepe de Ribera. Exh. cat., Allen Memorial Art Gallery, Oberlin College. Oberlin, 1957, cat. 16.

"Exhibition of Paintings and Graphics by Jusepe de Ribera." Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletin 14, no. 2 (1957): p. 73, no. 1.

Gaya Nuño, J.A. La pintura española fuera de España. Madrid, 1958, p. 281, no. 2352.

Darby, D.F. "Ribera and the Wise Men." Art Bulletin 44, no. 4 (1962): p. 299 (fig. 12). [as fragment of The Philosopher Plato by Ribera.]

El Greco to Goya. Exh. cat., John Herron Museum of Art and Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Indianapolis and Providence, 1963, mentioned under no. 71. [not in exhibition.]

700 Years of Spanish Painting. Exh. cat., Cummer Gallery of Art. Jacksonville, FL, 1965, cat. 30 (ill.).

Felton, C.M. "Jusepe de Ribera, A Catalogue Raisonné." Ph.D. diss., University of Pittsburgh, 1971, pp. 416-7, no. x-13.

Omer Jr., Guy C. "A Reputed Portrait of Galileo by Ribera." Journal for the History of Astronomy 4, no. 11 (1973): 194–195, p. 194.

Pérez Sánchez, A.E. and N. Spinosa. L'opera pittorica completa di Ribera. Milan, 1978, p. 128, no. 249. [as copy of an original.]

Baticle, J. and C. Marinas. La Galerie Espagnole de Louis-Philippe au Louvre 1838-1848. Paris, 1981, pp. 162-163, no. 250.

d'Argencourt, L. and R. Diederen. "European Paintings of the 19th Century." Cleveland Museum of Art Catalogue of Paintings: Part Four. Cleveland, 1999, p. 441, fig. 152b.

Jusepe de Ribera el Españoleto. Exh. cat., Museo Nacional de San Carlos. Mexico City, 2003, pp. 88-89, cat. 9 (ill.) p. 188.

Spinosa, Nicola. Ribera, L'opera completa. Naples, 2003, p. 362 [as a workshop copy.]

Tomasi, Lucia Tongiorgi and Alessandro Tossi. Il Cannocchiale e il pennello. Nuova Scienza e Nuova Arte Nell'Eta di Galileo. Exh. cat., Palazzo Blu. Pisa, Florence, and Milan, 2009, cat. no. 152.