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  • 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)
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My edition of this book was published in 1989 by Ediciones Polígrafa, S. A., in an English translation by Richard-Lewis Rees [Rees Richard-Lewis?]. It has the same number of pages as the 2008 edition with a reproduction of the rather sickly sentimental "The Girl Virgin Asleep", 1625-30, on the front cover instead of the trussed "Lamb of God", 1635-40.

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.
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I had seen a few examples of the Artists work and took a chance on this book as the price was very reasonable.The quality of the reproductions is very good,as is the informative text.A real bargain.
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HASH(0x8f4769c0) out of 5 stars Spanish Master 11 Mar. 2007
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This is a small book, 127 pages, 12" x 8", exploring the works of the 17th Century Spanish painter Francisco Zurbaran. In a limited amount of space the author Santiago Alcolea does an admirable job with a survey of Zurbaran's life(1598-1664) and the trajectory of his painting career and a chronology. This is merely an overview but for someone new to Zurbaran's work it would be a great beginning to discover the paintings of this master. It was for the color plates that I got this book, there are 112 of them, and while not the best quality reproductions they are more than adequate. Over the years Zurbaran has become one of my favorite painters so to leisurely flip through the pages of this book from time to time gives me great inspiration. I am always struck by how contemporary his work is, in spite of the subject matter, which is for the most part religious and/or ecclesiastic. I can't think of another painter from this period (and later periods) who paints faces that look so startingly 21st Century, especially the male faces. I see Zurbaran faces out and about all of the time. He is the master of drapery, and of white garments, with numerous canvases of monks and male saints in superbly composed white robes, spare against dark sepia backgrounds( did Manet see his work?), that are at once serenely spiritual and boldly architectural. His female saints, anything but spare, are given the diva treatment from start to finish.`His "St. Margarita" (Natl. Gallery, London) is a stunning look at a 17th Cent. fashonista while the dragon at her side might as well be a golden retriever. With his women one sees his mastery as a colorist, his palettes are gorgeous (check out St. Casilda now in the Prado. Wow!). He paints babies with a first hand knowledge of children (he had several) they really look like babies not shrunken adults as is typical of the period. Many of his canvases contain still lifes within the composition and some stand alone still life works that are also knock out( Oranges and Lemons @ Norton Simon, L.A.). There are larger and more scholarly books on this great painter but this little collection has brought me lots of pleasure and for what it is Mr. Alcolea has done a fine job in a limited space. Printed in Spain, perhaps hard to find. Viva Franciso Zurbaran!!
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HASH(0x8f9e14ec) out of 5 stars A welcome addition to my library 18 Jun. 2015
By Mildred E. Kaye - Published on
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The reproductions of the paintings are superior. The text bio is well written. Altogether, both text and illustrations give a complete picture of the life and work of the Spanish artist Zubarán.

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.
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