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Saint Francis in Prayer
Oil on canvas. 1659
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Saint Francis in Prayer
Oil on canvas. 1659
Zurbarán, Francisco de

We can identify Saint Francis by his habit, his rope belt and the wound on his right hand. He raises his gaze towards heaven and holds a skull in his left hand. A crucifix rests on a book in front of [+]

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 [+]

The Immaculate Conception as a Child
Oil on canvas. 1656
Zurbarán, Francisco de
The Immaculate Conception as a Child
Oil on canvas. 1656
Zurbarán, Francisco de

The Virgin Mary is presented as a little girl with her hands crossed over her chest. Wearing blue and white, she ascends on a group of angels’ heads as the heavens open to welcome her. This differs fr [+]

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, [+]

Saint Anthony of Padua with the Infant Christ
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1650
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Saint Anthony of Padua with the Infant Christ
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1650
Zurbarán, Francisco de

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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 [+]

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 [+]

The Crucified Christ with a Donor
Oil on canvas. 1640
Zurbarán, Francisco de
The Crucified Christ with a Donor
Oil on canvas. 1640
Zurbarán, Francisco de

Francisco de Zurbarán cultivated a variety of genres over the course of his career, including still life, portraiture and history painting, but the majority of his works were religious. Many of [+]

Christ the Saviour blessing
Oil on canvas. 1638
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Christ the Saviour blessing
Oil on canvas. 1638
Zurbarán, Francisco de

This is the only example known to have been painted by Zurbarán of the medieval iconography of Jesus as savior, making this canvas especially interesting to historians of art. Similar examples [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

The Martyrdom of Saint James
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Zurbarán, Francisco de
The Martyrdom of Saint James
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Zurbarán, Francisco de

The apostle Saint James is shown kneeling with his hands together in prayer, offering his neck up to the sword of the executioner whoprepares to decapitate him. Standing before the apostle, wearing a [+]

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 [+]

Allegory of Charity
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1655
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Allegory of Charity
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1655
Zurbarán, Francisco de

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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 [+]

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 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 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 [+]

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