Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Restoration: Francisco De Zurbarán’s Saint Serapion

Images left to right: Saint Serapion prior to restoration; an x-radiograph image; Saint Serapion post-restoration
CONNECTICUT---In 2015 the Wadsworth Atheneum began an extensive restoration treatment of Francisco de Zurbarán’s Saint Serapion (1628). With its restoration now complete, this 17th century masterpiece fittingly hangs in the museum’s newly renovated and reinstalled European art galleries. Painted in the visually dramatic Tenebrist tradition for the monastery of the Shod Mercedarians in Seville, Saint Serapion is a monumental work that contemplates themes of sacrifice, death and redemption, and is considered one of Zurbarán’s masterpieces.

Wadsworth Atheneum: "Zurbarán Restoration"; 600 Main Street Hartford, CT; (860) 278-2670;
Francisco de Zurbarán, Saint Serapion, 1628, Oil on canvas, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1951.40.