Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652) was one of the most important Spanish Baroque painters of the 17th century. He traveled to Italy in his youth, where he acquired the nickname "Lo Spagnoletto" (the Little Spaniard). He initially settled in Rome,. where he became acquainted with Flemish artists, who like him were inspired by Caravaggio's chiaroscuro style, but he soon moved on to Naples (then Spanish possession), where he remained for the rest of his life. In the 1630s under the influence of Titian and Veronese, and them Rubens and Van Dyck, his work began to reflect a painting style full of light and colour. In both phases, Ribera's abilities won him the esteem of viceroys and officials of the Church.