Friday, March 30, 2018

Francisco De Zurbarán at The Frick Collection is perfect viewing for both Christians and Jews this week

By William Newton
“Jacob,” Francisco de Zurbaran.
As Christians celebrate Holy Week and Jews celebrate Passover, an exhibition now at The Frick Collection in New York reflects on some of the most important figures in the history of both religions, as imagined by one of Western art history’s most important artists. “Zurbarán’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons: Paintings from Auckland Castle” is a visually stunning show that opened at the Meadows Museum in Dallas before moving to Manhattan last month. It brings together for the first time in this country 13 monumental paintings of the biblical patriarch Jacob and his 12 sons, the founders of the 12 tribes of Israel, by the Spanish Baroque painter Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664). [More]