This volume offers the most comprehensive overview in print--and the first substantial English-language monograph in decades--on the great 17th-century Spanish painter Zurbarï¿½n. It spans his entire career, from his earliest commissions to key works from his mature period, plus works recently rediscovered over the past few years. A contemporary of Velï¿½zquez, Zurbarï¿½n developed an austere vision that combined exacting realism with a palpable mysticism. Though he was sometimes known as "the Spanish Caravaggio" for his harsh use of chiaroscuro, Zurbarï¿½n's particular achievement was his creation of a more austere quietism, and a less foreboding if more melancholy atmosphere--qualities which lent themselves ideally to such genres as still lifes and his portraits of monks and martyrs, and which also ensured his importance for early modernism (especially Cubism). Examining this beloved painter's oeuvre across six themed sections, Zurbarï¿½n: A New Perspective includes work by a selection of his most talented pupils, and by his son Juan de Zurbarï¿½n, also a superb still-life painter. Francisco Zurbarï¿½n (1598-1664) is closely associated with the city of Seville, where he served his apprenticeship, and where his most famous painting, the ca. 1631 "Apotheosis of Saint Thomas Aquinas," now resides, at the Seville Museum. Zurbarï¿½n served as court painter to Philip IV, who is said to have revered him as "painter to the king, king of painters."