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GUEST WORK MNAA: FRANCISCO DE ZURBARÁN

GUEST WORK MNAA: FRANCISCO DE ZURBARÁN

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GUEST WORK
FRANCISCO DE ZURBARÁN
Friar Pedro Machado
Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid

This painting of Friar Pedro Machado (?1609) – a famous theologian from the Mercedarian convent in Burgos, whose friars were dedicated to the redemption of captives – originates from the library of the Convento de La Merced in Seville and was one of a series of eleven portraits of friars of the Order, produced in around 1630.

Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664) achieved great success with his series of paintings of illustrious men from the Church, portraits of monumental figures, slightly larger than life-size and depicted against neutral backgrounds, all of them impregnated with a sculptural solidity, marked by holiness and wisdom – a genre to which he later returned in the series of paintings of the Apostles that is housed today at the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga.

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