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Zurbarán

The long-announced monograph on Francisco de ZURBARÁN (1598-1664) was constantly postponed by the author herself, Maria Luisa Caturla (†1984) and was finally published in 1994. The translation and the adaptation of the manuscript, accompanied by a critical apparatus and an exhaustive bibliography by Odile Delenda, was completed by unpublished documents and numerous color plates making this volume the most exhaustive biography devoted to this major painter.

María Luisa CATURLA, Francisco de Zurbarán, Paris, Wildenstein Institute, 1994.
Translation, adaptation and critical apparatus by Odile Delenda.
Size 28 x 33,5 cm, 369 p., 80 color pl., 400 black and white ill.

The Spanish painter Francisco de ZURBARÁN, born in Fuente de Cantos (Extremadura) in 1598, did his apprenticeship in Seville from 1614 to 1616. He then returned to his native province and established himself in Llerena. Between 1626 and 1628, he received important orders from Seville convents. Invited by the City Council to reside in the capital of Andalucía, he became its most prestigious painter, cultivating a naturalistic style tinged with peacefulness which made him the ideal interpreter of life in a convent. Very early, he sold works to American colonies where they were highly valued. His tenebrism influenced by Ribera gradually softened towards the end of his life in order to adapt to the taste of the time. In 1658, he moved to Madrid where, in 1634, he had contributed to the decoration of the Royal Palace of Buen Retiro, undoubtedly at the request of the Count-Duke of Olivares, Philippe IV’s favourite. He died in 1664, at the royal court. He remains one of the great painters of the “Golden Age”, remarkable for the noble austerity of his compositions, the intensity of expression of his religious feelings, the rigor of the organisation of his still lifes and the attention he lavished on everyday objects, rendered with touching simplicity.


Wildenstein Institute y Odile DELENDA, Francisco de Zurbarán, 1598-1664 – Catálogo razonado y crítico, vol. I + CD-ROM.
Collaboracion de Almudena Ros de Barbero. Prólogo de Enrique Valdivieso. Madrid, Fundación de Apoyo a la Historia del Arte Hispánico, 2009. Barbero.   Size 30x24 cm, 787 p., 350 color ill. and  150 black and white repr.                          

A renowned hispanicist, Odile Delenda offers the most complete and rigorous work on Francisco de Zurbarán, prominent representative of the Spanish Golden Age. This book, exclusively in Spanish, is the first to separate the paintings executed by the artist from those by his studio. The first volume catalogs 286 works, sorted chronologically. Each work is accompanied by its technical details, historical data, and a commentary enriched with documents and comparative analyses. In addition, for the first time, the Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural’s x-rays of Zurbarán’s paintings will all be reproduced.
A CD-ROM, searchable by the readers, includes each work’s technical data along with bibliographical references and a list of exhibitions in which the work was included. The title index, the bibliography and the exhibition list can also be explored.
Finally, the chronology of the painter’s life, established by Almudena Ros de Barbero allows us to situate the painter within his time, thanks to the inclusion of pertinent contemporary events.
Volume 2, planned for December 2010, will comprise the reconstituted groups of the painter with his studio, a study on each of his best assistants, and a thematic index of the works executed by students and followers of Zurbarán.


 



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