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Francisco Ribalta

1565 - 1628

Ribalta was born in Catalonia; he worked in Madrid and from 1599 in Valencia. His earlier work is based principally on painters like Juan Fern√°ndez de Navarrete (who was court painter to Philip II and engaged on work at the Escorial for him) with influence from Sebastiano del Piombo and other 16th-century Italian painters, some of whose works were to be found in Spain. Ribalta's later paintings show knowledge of Caravaggio, a selection of whose pictures had reached Spain by about 1620.