Photographer's Note

The atmosphere of Louvre Museum in one of its rooms. In foreground you can see famous masterpiece "The Clubfoot" by Jusepe de Ribera.

Ribera's The Clubfoot depicts a young beggar from the streets of Naples. He poses proudly, grinning at the viewer with his crutch slung over one shoulder, like a rifle. The young boy holds a piece of paper which reads in Latin: "Give me alms for the love of God. "

The Clubfoot evidences both a general 17th century interest in "low-life" subjects (thanks to Dutch and Flemish genre pictures and Caravaggio's paintings) and an interest in the "freakish": dwarves, cripples, jesters, and so forth, as well as Ribera's own personal interest in the bizarre.

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