‘Zurbarán’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons: Paintings from Auckland Castle’
Francisco de Zurbarán’s “remarkable series of Jacob and his sons at the Frick,” writes James Fenton, “has hung since the eighteenth century in the bishop of Durham’s palace at Bishop Auckland, in northeast England. An unusual treasure to find in an Anglican bishop’s palace given Protestant horror at religious imagery, it is notable as being the only such series of paintings known to survive in Europe. Nobody knows for whom or for what kind of building these life-size imaginary portraits were painted. Their scale, at more than six feet tall, suggests a large room and an important commission.
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