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Poetry in Paint: The World and Work of Francisco de Zurbarán

Art Talk

This six-part lecture series will center on the Spanish painter Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664), the subject of the exhibition Zurbarán: Jacob and His Twelve Sons, Paintings from Auckland Castle. Zurbarán never left the Iberian Peninsula, but many of his artworks did, which encourages us to think about Zurbarán in the context of the broader Spanish colonial world, which in the seventeenth century included present-day Mexico, much of South America, the Philippines, and large parts of Italy and the Low Countries. Zurbarán participated in a vigorous cross-cultural exchange between these disparate territories, much like his contemporaries Diego Velázquez, Peter Paul Rubens, Jusepe de Ribera, and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. This last figure – Murillo – will also be a significant presence in the lectures, as the other leading artist in southern Spain and as the Meadows will be celebrating the quatercentenary of his birth with an installation that will open December 6, 2017.