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The Missionary's Adventures

Jehan Georges Vibert

The Missionary's Adventures

Jehan Georges Vibert
  • Date: c.1883
  • Style: Academicism
  • Genre: genre painting
  • Media: oil, wood
  • Order Oil Painting
    reproduction

Vibert is best known for his satirical scenes from ecclesiastical life. Here he draws a contrast between the inspired and modest missionary and the prelates in the midst of their comforts. The cardinals lounging on the sofa and purple-robed bishop savoring his tea are indifferent to the monk's account of his mission and to the wound he received carrying it out. Ribera's terrifying "Martyrdom of Saint Philip" (Museo del Prado, Madrid), on the wall in this luxurious interior, adds a harsh note of irony to the scene below it.

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