(via killersconce)Source: neatorama.com
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The Bearded Woman by Jusepe de Ribera is truly one of the strangest paintings you’re bound to see and therefore it is a perfect WTF art historical object! The woman you see below is indeed a portrait of an known individual — named Magdalena Ventura — who at the age of 37 began to grow a beard (she was 52 when the portrait was painted and appears holding an infant as if she had just given birth, which is not likely). Anyone who views the portrait will notice a prominent inscription in the lower right hand corner that proclaims Magdalena a “great miracle of nature,” which in the context of 17th century courtly collecting circles was a euphemism for “she’s a freak!” So gawk and stare, and even laugh a little, but let’s try to look beyond the oddity to discover the qualities that make Ribera a genius in paint.
Jusepe de Ribera, La Mujer Barbuda (The Bearded Woman), 1631, oil on canvas. Hospital de Tavera, Toledo, Spain