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The Immaculate Conception
Oil on canvas. 1628 - 1630
Zurbarán, Francisco de
The Immaculate Conception
Oil on canvas. 1628 - 1630
Zurbarán, Francisco de

The worship of the Immaculate Virgin is one of seventeenth-century Spain´s identity traits, especially following a considerable argument between her defenders and her detractors, which took place in S [+]

The Vision of Saint Peter Nolasco
Oil on canvas. 1629
Zurbarán, Francisco de
The Vision of Saint Peter Nolasco
Oil on canvas. 1629
Zurbarán, Francisco de

Founder of the order of la Merced Calzada, the saint is depicted kneeling, leaning on a church pew. In his dream, an angel appears to him and shows him heavenly Jerusalem, conceived as a walled city w [+]

The Apparition of Saint Peter to Saint Peter Nolasco
Oil on canvas. 1629
Zurbarán, Francisco de
The Apparition of Saint Peter to Saint Peter Nolasco
Oil on canvas. 1629
Zurbarán, Francisco de

Saint Peter Nolasco, founded the order of Our Lady of Mercy, also known as the Mercederians, whose main objective was to rescue Christians held captive by the Muslims. The convent of la Merced Calzada [+]

Saint Elisabeth of Portugal
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Saint Elisabeth of Portugal
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Zurbarán, Francisco de

Born as princess of Aragon in 1271, the daughter of Peter III "the Great" and grand-daughter of James I "the Conqueror" married King Dinis of Portugal in 1293 and became queen of the country. Like her [+]

Immaculate Conception
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Immaculate Conception
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Zurbarán, Francisco de

The Immaculate Conception was one of Zurbarán’s most frequent subjects, as it was particularly popular with institutional and private clients in Seville, as well as very compatible with his ski [+]

Hercules separates Mounts Calpe and Abylla
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules separates Mounts Calpe and Abylla
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

The Greek hero’s deeds that took place in the Iberian Peninsula, of which this is one, were interpreted as demonstrating his status as mythical forerunner of the Spanish monarchy.Hercules is shown mak [+]

Hercules defeats King Geryon
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules defeats King Geryon
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

This painting depicts the moment after Hercules has killed King Geryon, identified by the crown on his head. The monarch had come to defend his herd of oxen and cows after the god Eurystheus had order [+]

Hercules fighting the Nemean Lion
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules fighting the Nemean Lion
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

A lion was ravishing the region of Nemea and frightening its inhabitants to such a degree that they could no longer work the land. The Marquis of Villena’s Twelve Labors of Hercules, along with Juan P [+]

Hercules and the Erymanthian Boar
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules and the Erymanthian Boar
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

Hercules’s encounter with the Erimanthean bore is not the best known of his labors. At first glance, it would appear to be nothing more than a new demonstration of his capacity to vanquish evil and sa [+]

Hercules and the Cretan Bull
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules and the Cretan Bull
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

At Eurystheus’s behest, Hercules killed the Cretan Bull, a dangerous and ferocious animal that was decimating Crete. The Cretan Bull was a handsome bull that Poseidon had asked the king of Crete to sa [+]

Hercules fighting with Antaeus
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules fighting with Antaeus
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

Hercules puts the North-African giant to death in yet another demonstration of his capacity to combine cleverness and strength. The creature’s mother was Gaea, goddess of the Earth, who doubled his st [+]

Hercules and Cerberus
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules and Cerberus
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

Hercules is depicted here fighting with his club against Cerberus, the three-headed dog guarding the entrance to Hades, which lunges at him with its three ferocious mouths. According to the classical [+]

Hercules diverting the Course of the River Alpheus
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules diverting the Course of the River Alpheus
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

Hercules looks at the viewer from the left side of the composition, cheerful after having rerouted the Alpheus river in response to a challenge by Augeas, King of Elis. The description of this episode [+]

Hercules and the Hydra
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules and the Hydra
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

The inhabitants of Lerna were terrorized by a multiheaded serpent that left a path of destruction behind. The creature was impossible to defeat because every time it lost one head, two grew in its pla [+]

The Death of Hercules
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
The Death of Hercules
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

This episode, which illustrates Hercules’s death, was narrated in great detail by Baltasar de Victoria, who tells how the hero killed Nessus the centaur for having attempted to rape Hercules’s bride, [+]

The Defence of Cadiz against the English
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Zurbarán, Francisco de
The Defence of Cadiz against the English
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Zurbarán, Francisco de

The event depicted is Cadiz’s defense from the attack of an English fleet of one hundred ships and ten thousand men commanded by sir Henry Cecil, Viscount of Wimbledon, which occurred on November 1, 1 [+]

Saint Euphemia
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Saint Euphemia
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Zurbarán, Francisco de

Eufemia was martyred in the year 310 for refusing to worship the god Ares or participate in pagan ceremonies. As punishment, she was subjected to numerous torments. Zurbarán depicts her with a [+]

Agnus Dei
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Agnus Dei
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Zurbarán, Francisco de

A dark background and a gray table are the setting for this painting’s only motive: a merino lamb between eight and twelve months old. Still alive, it lies with bound feet in an unmistakably sacrifici [+]

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