- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Ediciones Poligrafa (6 Jun. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8434311720
- ISBN-13: 978-8434311725
- Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 22.1 x 1.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 798,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Zurbaran Hardcover – 6 Jun 2008
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Francisco Zurbarán, 1598-1664, is widely regarded as the best known 17th-century Spanish artist after Velázquez but his works have never been as popular, perhaps because of their religious focus that frequently shows a single figure undergoing agonising and ascetic flagellation of the flesh.
In this book, Santiago Alcolea considers the artist's life in four chronological periods that are characterized by changes in his style: `The Formative Years and First Works [1617-1629]', `The Period of Plenitude [1629/30-1640]', `The Period between [1641-1658]' and `The Final Period [1658-1664]'. Following these is a Chronology, a Select Bibliography', 112 full-colour illustrations and a List of Illustrations.
The author explains that scholarship into Zurbarán's life and work was still fragmentary in 1989 with many issues unresolved, such as the artist's training and influences, the dates of many of his paintings, their iconography and symbolism, and variations in his treatment of light, brushstrokes and palette.
The period 1617-1626 represents something of a shadowy period; with only some 20 works known to date from this period. The earliest works reproduced are two groups, "Miraculous Cure of the Blessed Reginaud of Orléans" and "The Virgin Appears to the Monks of Soriano", both 1626-27, in which difficulties can be seen in the artist's arrangement of figures and their proportions.Read more ›
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Zubarán is a master of rendering drapery. His depiction of people shows a fine psychological insight into his subjects. Because of his knowledge of anatomy his figures never look stiff and posed.
This book is a welcome addition to my library.