Studio of Jusepe de Ribera (Jativa 1588-1656 Naples)
Aesop oil on canvas 123 x 92cm (48 7/16 x 36 1/4in). unframed
PROVENANCE: The Property of a Private European Collector
Another version of the present painting, ascribed to Ribera, is now in the Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo, El Escorial (see: A. E. Perez Sanchez and N. Spinosa, L'Opera Completa del Ribera (Cleveland, 1981), cat. no. 394). Given that the majority of Ribera's subjects were copied on numerous occasions, it is highly unusual to find only two known versions of the present composition.