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Saint Francis in Prayer in a Grotto

Francisco de Zurbarán, Spanish, (1598–August 27, 1664)

Creation date: ca. 1658
Creation place: Spain

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Type: Oil on canvas
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Conrad Prebys and Debbie Turner
Accession Number: 2014.132
Dimensions: 62 x 39 9/16 in. (157.5 x 100.5 cm)
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Francisco de Zurbarán
Spanish (Seville and Madrid) • 1598–1664

Saint Francis in Prayer in a Grotto
Oil on canvas • ca. 1650–55
Saint Francis of Assisi was among Zurbarán’s favorite subjects throughout his career. Zurbarán often depicted the penitent saint in prayer, in meditation, or in spiritual ecstasy. Late in his career, Zurbarán began to develop a warmer palette and infused his atmosphere with a gentle chiaroscuro. Here, the saint is set within a pink-toned landscape, which welcomes the viewer’s eye and encourages contemplation. Meanwhile, the saint gazes directly at the viewer, creating a connection that emphasizes the kindness and humanity that were the two most important attributes of the saint’s life and character.
Gift of Conrad Prebys and Debbie Turner, 2014.132
Last Updated: 6/1/2015


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Zurbarán: una nueva Mirada , 6/9/2015 - 9/13/2015

Art of Devotion The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/28/2016 - 00/00/00

Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain The San Diego Museum of Art , 5/18/2019 - 9/2/2019


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Odile Delenda and Alumudena Ros de Barbero. Zurbarán: A New Perspective Fundación Colección Thyssen-Bornemisza. Spain, 2015
Page Number: 168-169, 196, Figure Number: cat. 54

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