Paintings of Francisco de Zurbaran

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The event of The Adoration of the Shepherds has been depicted on walls, canvases and clothes so many times, that every new version consists its own add-ons and every artist tries to come up with a new angle for the significant event in Jesus’s life. The current portrayal by the Spanish Caravaggio Francisco Zurbaran, celebrates the moment when shepherds arrived at the manger to get the glimpse of the son of god for the first time after the annunciation of shepherds. They have reached the place and are beholding the first glimpse of the godly child with awe and admiration. The sacredness and purity and veneration of place could not be matched with any other Christian event as the event has no evil speck in […]

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The famous Spanish painter Franscisco de Zurbaran has drawn some greatest pictures in the history. In his oeuvre, the meditating saint Francis is a major subject. He has drawn various portrait of this saintly personality. A quick glance at the current representation of Saint Francis raises a question in my mind. Why a skull is included in there? And as I thought about the question further, I had some speculations. St Francis kneeling on ground with a skull in his hand, illustrates the deep and cryptic meanings of life and death. Maybe hinting the fact that death and life is contemporary to each other. Artist tried to portray the fact by making St. Francis the representative of life and the skull, of death. Those both […]

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