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St Mary of Egypt
17th Century
Born 1591 Spain, Died 1652
St Mary of Egypt
[Santa Maria Egiziaca]
Oil on canvas
88 x 71 cm  [HxW]
Museo Civico " G.Filangeri", Napoli

In the 5th century Mary of Alexandria converted to Christianity in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, beginning a life of extreme penance by living in the desert on three small loaves. They also allude to the Eucharist. Ribera settled in Naples in 1616 and blends Spanish realism with idealisation from the Carracci and chiaroscuro from Caravaggio.

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