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Zurbarán : Selected Paintings 1625-1664 (Paperback) (Cees Nooteboom)

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The strange, very Catholic world of Francisco deZurbarán's paintings is as fascinating today as it isessentially foreign. Christ on the Cross, dead martyrs,remote saints, meditating monks, the superiors oforders that have long since been dissolved, all appearin images, usually with a black ground, so realisticallyone feels one could reach out and touch them. And yetthey have the feel of messengers from a differentworld.In his essay for this book, Dutch writer CeesNooteboom compares Zurbarán's figures with aliens:"From their faces with wide-open eyes comes a raythat is precisely not that of death, but speaks of asilent ecstasy, a mystical devoutness that is nolonger of this world." For Zurbarán (1598-1664),a contemporary of Velázquez and Murillo, paintingand religious immersion were two sides of the sameexercise. Perhaps it is precisely this aspect of his artthat is ensuring his images are once again attractingso much interest.
Number of Pages: 131
Genre: Art
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Prestel Pub
Author: Cees Nooteboom
Language: English
Street Date: November 15, 2015
TCIN: 50440717
UPC: 9783829607384
Item Number (DPCI): 248-06-9246

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