Francisco de Zurbaran

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Painter. He was the pupil of Juan de Roelas. On account of his admiration for Caravaggio, and his imitation of that realistic painter, he is often called “the Spanish Caravaggio.” His earliest work represented incidents from the life of Saint Peter Nolasco; two of the twelve paintings being now in the Prado in Madrid. His masterpiece is the “Apotheosis of Saint Thomas Aquinas,” painted for the collegiate church of that name in Seville, and now in the Museum of the city. He depicted the life of Saint Bonaventure in the church of that saint, and scenes from the life of Saint Bruno for the Carthusian Monastery at Xeres. His crowning work was executed for the monastery of Guadalupe, a series on the life of Saint Jerome. The Museum of Seville has an impressive “Saint Gregory,” and the National Gallery “A Kneeling Monk.” Honored by Philip IV, he shared with Velasquez the title of painter to the king.

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  • “Francisco de Zurbaran”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 November 2018. Web. 21 April 2021. <>