Ribera's Martyrdom of Saint Philip
Jusepe (José) de Ribera, The Martyrdom of Saint Philip, 1639, oil on canvas,
92 x 92 in. (234 x 234 cm), (Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid)
Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris, Dr. Steven Zucker
The English Romantic poet, Lord Byron, wrote that the artist, "Spagnoletto [the little Spaniard]
tainted/His brush with all the blood of all the sainted” (Don Juan, xiii. 71).