The Virgin with the Child Jesus and the Child Saint John the Baptist
Francisco de Zurbarán
Fuente de Cantos, Badajoz, 1598-Madrid, 1664
Oil on canvas, 169 x 127 cm
Acquired in 1940
The Virgin with the Child Jesus and the Child Saint John the Baptist is one of the most important works painted by Zurbarán two years before his death. This composition reveals the evolution of his style in Madrid, where he had private patrons and his works differed considerably from those made in his workshop in Seville, where he relied on the collaboration of assistants. Here Zurbarán expresses himself freely and more personally, giving the best of himself, as exemplified by the tender intimate atmosphere of the composition and by the attention paid to certain elements such as the pewter plate bearing apples and pears and the nuances of the lamb’s wool, that bear witness to his talent for the still life genre. As in other compositions, the wise use of prints by Dürer—the famous The Virgin and Child with a Monkey, to be precise—helped Zurbarán capture the inflection of the head of the Virgin and her hand on the book, as well as the position of the Child. In addition, the painting reveals the artist’s skilful rendering of the folds of material and the soft treatment of the face of the Virgin, infused with melancholy as she senses the suffering of her son. [B.N.P.]
Organized by the Viana Foundation (formed by the Cajasur savings bank and the Provincial Council of Córdoba) in cooperation with BBK Fundazioa, this exhibition features nearly one hundred works selected from the collections of the two institutions, with additional contributions from other bodies, museums and private collections.
Admission to museum and free guided tour: Sundays 12 noon.
By courtesy of Banca March and Consulnor, visitors can enter the museum free of charge and enjoy a guided tour of the exhibition every Sunday at 12 noon.
The Friends of the PRADO MUSEUM Foundation provide a new season of six lectures to be given by leading specialists who will examine the idea of beauty in the history of art.
Presentation of restored works
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We’ll visit the most unusual trees and plants in the park and in the paintings in the Museum. And with the ideas and materials they give us, we’ll create our own, “very natural” characters.