Habacuc

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1638-43
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Ribera painted this image of the prophet Habacuc on the arch in one of the side chapels in the church of the Carthusian monastery of San Martino in Naples. It was accompanied by [Sophonias#CUADROS_en#10735] in another triangle. Information about Habacuc's life is scarce but it is thought that he was contemporary to Jeramias, Sophonias and Nahum. His book can be divided into three sections. The first part laments the injustices suffered by the people and the violation of law and justice. The second part contains the main doctrine of Habacuc's prophecy: salvation through fidelity. In the third part the prophet appeals to the Lord to do justice in defence of his people.Ribera depicts the prophet in a calm pose, leaning against a stone block and his book, staring into space. A powerful beam of light illuminates his ancient head, highlighting the wrinkles on his brow and the gleams on his baldhead. The light slides over the whole figure to highlight the prophet's ample tunic and the red mantle covering his legs. The neutral background gives the figure greater volume. The rendering of [naturalistic#ESCUELAS#72] gestures and expressions was Ribera's great contribution in this excellent series in which he used models from everyday life to represent patriarchs and prophets, thus bringing religion closer to the people.


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