[Go to accessibility information]. Francisco Zurbaran. Remember me (uncheck on a public computer), By signing up you agree to terms and conditions To find out more read our updated Use of Cookies policy and our updated Privacy policy. Prime members enjoy Free Two-Day Shipping, Free Same-Day or One-Day Delivery to select areas, Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Reading, and more. On 29 August, 1628, Zurbarán was commissioned by the Mercedarians of Seville to produce 22 paintings for the cloister in their monastery. Combined with its size, 152 x 99 cm, this forces the figure forward into the viewer’s space. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15770a.htm. The others are by his pupil Juan Martinez de Gradillas. About the same period he began to paint the Apotheosis of St. Thomas Aquinas for the chapel of the college which bore his name. Francis Contemplating a Skull’ was created in c.1635 by Francisco de Zurbaran in Baroque style. We want to know what you think about Art UK. The Marquess de Malagan commissioned him to decorate the retable of San Pedro in the Cathedral at Seville; even in this early work the painter brilliantly displays his powerful and very individual manner. Find answers in product info, Q&As, reviews. He clutches a skull to his chest, reminding the viewer of their mortality and the necessity of immediate conversion. By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. [13], In 1631 he painted the great altarpiece of The Apotheosis of Saint Thomas Aquinas, now in the Museum of Fine Arts of Seville; it was executed for the church of the college of that saint. You can edit your question or post anyway. On 17 January, 1626, Zurbarán signed a contract with the prior of the Dominican monastery San Pablo el Real in Seville, agreeing to produce 21 paintings within eight months. Suddenly, the security guard steps out again to challenge us: Zurbarán presents a clear choice: to kneel with Saint Francis in the light, or to melt into the darkness behind. Zurbarán’s work here seems to fulfil this. Imprimatur. [Skip to content] 1635-9 It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Your feedback will inform how we grow Art UK in the future. Art UK is the operating name of the Public Catalogue Foundation, a charity registered in England and Wales (1096185) and Scotland (SC048601). The external frame is mounted over the stretched on subframe canvas, and a hanging system is placed on the back of the frame. It is not what you would expect of a painting of a saint. The success of these pictures at the convent of the Mercenarios was such that the ayutamiento of Seville begged the artist to fix his residence in the capital of Andalusia. Zurbarán was born in 1598 in Fuente de Cantos, Extremadura; he was baptized on 7 November of that year. The editor of New Advent is Kevin Knight. It consists of thirteen pictures. Ecclesiastical approbation. Francis’ was created in c.1645 by Francisco de Zurbaran in Baroque style. ‘St. ‘St. [23], Visión de San Pedro Nolasco, 1629, Museo del Prado, Immaculate Conception, 1630, Museo del Prado, The Death of St. Bonaventure (The Body of St. Bonaventure in the Presence of Pope Gregory X and James I of Aragon), 1629–1630, Louvre Museum, The Young Virgin, 1630, Metropolitan Museum of Art, St. Margaret as a shepherdess, 1631 National Gallery, The Defence of Cádiz against the English, 1634, Museo del Prado, A Doctor of Law, 1635, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Santa Isabel de Portugal, c. 1635, Museo del Prado, Saint Luke as a Painter before Christ on the Cross, c. 1635–1640, Museo del Prado, The Annunciation, 1637–1639, Museum of Grenoble, France, Saint Rufina, c. 1635–1640, Museo del Prado, The Adoration of the Shepherds, 1638, Museum of Grenoble, Saint Francis in Meditation, 1639, National Gallery, Christ and the Virgin in the House at Nazareth, c. 1631–1640, Cleveland Museum of Art, The Holy Family, 1659, Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, Christ, recovering clothing after flagellation c. 1661, Jadraque, Spain, Saint Francis, c. 1658–1664, Alte Pinakothek, Francisco de Zurbarán, The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, MNHA Luxembourg, Probable self-portrait of Francisco Zurbarán as, Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose, Saint Luke as a Painter before Christ on the Cross, Christ and the Virgin in the House at Nazareth, "Hercules as a Symbol of the Spanish Monarchy", "Zurbarán paintings : Art and exhibitions at Auckland Castle", "Exposición – Zurbarán.