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La Virgen de las Cuevas

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ZURBARÁN, Francisco de (Fuente de Cantos, Badajoz, 1598 - Madrid, 1664) Around 1655 This important set has been dated around 1655 which due to the technique and composition used was considered an earlier production. It is made up of the three canvases intended for the Carthusian Monasterio de Santa María de las Cuevas in Sevilla, Visita de San Bruno a Urbano II (the Visit of St. Bruno to Urban II), La Virgen de los cartujos (the Virgin of the Carthusians) and San Hugo en el refectorio (St. Hugh in the Refectory). In these works, the spiritual principles which govern the life of the Carthusians are interpreted: silence, devotion to the Virgin Mary and the mortification through fasting. The simplicity and defects in the compositions are transcended by the great plastic power conferred to each element of the painting by treating it as something unique and individualised and his extraordinary mastery of the physical characteristics of matter. The light, fluid technique, is distanced from the initial Tenebrism, from the contrasts of light and shade in order to display bright compositions in which the colour is wisely used.

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