The San Diego Museum of Art has acquired “Saint James the Lesser,” a 17th-century painting by Spanish Baroque master Jusepe de Ribera.
The purchase of the 1632 painting — for an undisclosed price — means the Balboa Park museum now has works from each of the great Spanish Baroque artists on its facade, except for one. It has paintings by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Francisco de Zurbarán, El Greco and now Ribera. The museum does not possess work by Diego Velázquez, the godfather of Spanish art.
The acquisition, which SDMA will announce today, expands the museum’s already renowned collection of works by Spanish masters. Ribera’s “Saint James the Lesser” is now on display in the museum’s European galleries along with masterpieces by Zurbarán, Murillo and El Greco.
“Jusepe de Ribera was missing in our collection. Now that we have added one of his works, we will be able to tell in better ways — and our visitors