Francisco de Zurbarán
November 7, 1598
in Fuente de Cantos, Extremadura [Spain]
Zurbarán, was a quintessential monastic painter, absolutely identified with devout passion and miracles that he presented in a straightforward, direct, severe and everyday manner.
He was a faithful interpreter of monastic sentiments and he presented nature with an astonishing sense of reality . His use of light reflects the influence of Caravaggio -intense but never overly harsh- and serves to bring out the sculptural values of each shape. He never strayed from early 17th-century tenebrism, ignoring the Baroque’s decorative evolution as that century advanced, and it was only towards the end of his life that he attempted, with little success, to soften his formulas in order to more closely resemble Murillo.
Zurbarán was also known as the “Spanish Caravaggio,” owing to the forceful use of chiaroscuro in which he excelled.
So here’s a glimpse of his work [no quotes…]
I have chosen
by the English composer of the Renaissance
William Byrd (1543-1623)
as Zurbarán, Agnus Dei,
was the first painting I saw from this artist and still my favorite one.
The Tallis Scholars • Dir. Peter Phillips