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The Virgin of Las Cuevas

  • Virgin of Las Cuevas. Seville Museum of Fine Arts © Ministerio de Cultura

    Virgin of Las Cuevas. Seville Museum of Fine Arts © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  

Category

Painting

Date

1655

Original title

La Virgen de las Cuevas
Seville Museum of Fine Arts
Seville
Seville, Andalusia

Throughout his career as a painter, Francisco de Zurbarán was commissioned to paint large works in his workshop for various monastic orders. This is an example.

It belongs to a series of canvases for the Carthusian monastery of Santa María de las Cuevas in Seville, painted around 1655: Saint Bruno's visit to Urban II, The Virgin of the Carthusians, and Saint Hugh in the refectory. In all of them Zurbarán skilfully interprets the spiritual principles which govern the lives of the Carthusians: silence, devotion to the Virgin Mary, and mortification through fasting.

The simplicity and defects of the compositions are amply surpassed by the great plastic force with which he endows all the elements in the painting, by treating each one as unique and individual. It is also noteworthy for the extraordinary skill in depicting the qualities of the materials. The technique is fluid and light, as he moves away from his initial Tenebrist style towards the creation of luminous paintings and a skilled use of colour.
 

Details of the work

Origin
Monasterio de Santa María de las Cuevas (Sevilla)

Object
Painting

Dimensions
267 x 320 cm.

Technique
Oil on canvas.

Material
Lienzo

  

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