In Modernity, the capacity for effortless knowing is denied, ignored, or misunderstood. As a result, the origin of all knowledge is taken as unaided human effort and activity. (essay by George Stanciu)
Jusepe de Ribera St Andrew Oil on canvas, 111 x 93 cm Private collection This is an early painting by Ribera executed shortly after his arrival in Naples from Rome. Ribera's early style owes much to what the artist had learned from Caravaggio in Rome.
Jusepe de Ribera Diogenes (1630s) Diogenes of Sinope, one of the founders of Cynic philosophy, used to stroll about in full daylight with a lamp; when asked what he was doing, he would answer, “I am just looking for an honest man." Diogenes looked for a human being but reputedly found nothing but rascals and scoundrels.