The melancholic figure of a poet leaning on an inscribed block of stone. Engraving by A.B., 16--, after J. de Ribera, ca. 1620.
- Ribera, Jusepe de, 1591-1652.
- [between 1600 and 1699]
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Ribera's portrayal of a poet is said by W. Stechow to be "the first work of art to establish the connection between Poetry and Melancholy. His suggestion that the poet may be Petrarch is plausible" (Brown, ibid.)