The size of the Martyrdom of Saint Philip is 234cm x 234cm and the material José de Ribera used to do the painting wasoil over canvas. At the moment the painting is in El Prado Museum, Madrid.
José de Ribera used the oil as a technique. This painting represent the preparations for the martyrdom of the saint. The saint is hanging on a strong and big piece of wood and around him there are some mans who one of them is holding his legs and the others are pulling the ropes. On the right side there is a group of people who are looking at the scene and talking about it and on the left side there is a group of people who don't undestand what happening.
In this painting the dark colours predominate although there are some light colours. Most of the light is concentrate in the saint and in the upper part of the painting. The Martyrdom of Saint Philip symbolyze the dramatic quality.
Their main features are oil painting, predominance of colour over drawing, contrast of light and realism.
The most outstanding by José de Ribera was that he created a natural style.