We recently had the pleasure of being invited to the preview of this very special exhibit of Spanish painter Francisco de Zurbarán at the Frick Collection in New York City. This special exhibit provides a unique opportunity to see all thirteen canvases of the series painted by Zurbarán together in one place, as twelve of the paintings are from the Auckland Castle in County Durham (England), and the thirteenth painting of Benjamin is on loan from the Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire (England).
Susan Grace Galassi, Senior Curator (pictured above) and Edward Payne, Head Curator of Spanish Art, The Auckland Project, provided a wonderful overview of the painter and insights into the figures depicted in the collection. The exhibit runs through April 22, 2018 and is a must see if you are in New York, along with the remainder of the collection at the museum.
Here’s an excerpt from the press release on the show:
Francisco de Zurbarán helped to define Seville’s Golden Age, a period of economic expansion and cultural resurgence in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, when the Andalusian seaport monopolized trade with the New World. Throughout the late 1620s and 1630s, the artist and his workshop produced monumental multifigure paintings as well as series of single-figure works representing the saints, the Apostles, and various other subjects for ecclesiastical institutions and palaces throughout Spain and the Spanish colonies. With a decline in Seville’s economy in the 1640s and the plague of 1649, he turned increasingly to the Latin American market, supplying paintings on commission to churches, monasteries, and wealthy individuals, while also selling workshop pieces on the open market in Buenos Aires and Lima, Peru. Between 1640 and 1645, Zurbarán and his assistants produced the remarkable series Jacob and His Twelve Sons…
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