Francisco de Zurbarán
Probable self-portrait of Francisco de Zurbarán as Saint Luke, c. 1635–1640
He is considered a remarkable, but not a great artist. His main customers were Spanish religious orders. He depicted saints and monarchs while praying or meditating. Like Caravaggio, his work has a hard-edged realism, employs strong chiaroscuro effects, and demonstrates a smooth technique and care for precise detail. Often does not convey emotion very convincingly. Died in poverty.
Francisco de Zurbarán’s major works are Beato Serapio, 1628 (Hartford, Connecticut: Wadsworth Atheneum); St. Margaret, 1630–34 (London: National Gallery).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.