Francisco de Zurbaran, “Jacob,” circa 1640, oil (c) Auckland Castle 2016

Posted: Thursday, 13 October 2016 9:36AM

Andrew Webster Reporting

A spectacular group of life-sized paintings by Spanish Golden Age master Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664) is headed to the United States for the first time. Which rarities might you see?
Currently housed at the Auckland Castle in the United Kingdom, a magnificent group of 13 paintings by Francisco de Zurbarán — depicting Jacob and his 12 sons — will soon travel to the States for the first time ever. For more than 250 years, the life-sized works have hung in the palace of the Prince Bishops of Durham as “a representation of the social, political, and religious consideration between the Christian and Jewish communities in the UK,” as Auckland Castle states.

Francisco de Zurbaran, “Asher,” circa 1640, oil (c) Auckland Castle 2016

The Long Dining Room at the Auckland Castle, where the paintings are housed, (c) Auckland Castle 2016

These paintings were the subjects of an intense study undertaken by the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. Following the study, the paintings will travel to the Meadows Museum in Dallas, where they will be on view from September 17, 2017 through January 7, 2018. Afterward the paintings will be shown at the Frick Collection in New York from January 31 through April 22, 2018.
To learn more, visit the Meadows Museum.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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