spanishbaroqueart:

Francisco de Zurbarán

Death of Hercules, 1634

Museo del Prado, Madrid

· Last scene from The Labours of Hercules, a series of ten paintings commissioned by King Philip IV of Spain, for the Hall of Realms in the Buen Retiro Palace, Madrid.

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Francisco de Zurbarán

The Labours of Hercules, 1634

Museo del Prado, Madrid

· Series of ten paintings commissioned by King Philip IV of Spain, for the Hall of Realms in the Buen Retiro Palace, Madrid. According to the tradition, the hero Hercules was the mythical ancestor of the Spanish House of Habsburg.  

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Vincent van Gogh

Self-Portrait Without Beard, end September 1889, (F 525), Oil on canvas, Private collection. This was Van Gogh’s last self-portrait. Given as a birthday gift to his mother. (source)

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Van Gogh’s Starry Night · Illustration by Barbara Stok for Vincent

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Painter on his way to work: Vincent van Gogh on the road to Montmajour, August 1888 (F 448) · Oil on canvas, formerly Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum, Magdeburg, believed to have been destroyed by fire in World War II.

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Vincent van Gogh

Couple Walking among Olive Trees in a Mountainous Landscape with Crescent Moon (May, 1890)

São Paulo Museum of Art, São Paulo, Brazil (F704)

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Vincent van Gogh

Two Lovers (Eglogue en Provence - Un couple d’amoureux), Arles, March 1888

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Giambattista Basile (1566 – 1632) was an Italian poet, courtier, and fairy tale collector.

He is chiefly remembered for writing the collection of Neapolitan fairy tales titled Lo cunto de li cunti overo lo trattenemiento de peccerille (Neapolitan for “The Tale of Tales, or Entertainment for Little Ones”), also known as Il Pentamerone, published posthumously in Naples in 1634 and 1636 under the pseudonym Gian Alesio Abbatutis.

Although neglected for some time, the work received a great deal of attention after the Brothers Grimm praised it highly as the first national collection of fairy tales. Many of these fairy tales are the oldest known variants in existence. They include the earliest known versions of Rapunzel and Cinderella

Franz von Bayros’ Illustrations for Giambattista Basile’s Pentamerone" (1909)

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Juan de Zurbarán

Still Life with Fruit and Goldfinch, ca. 1639-40

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona

Juan de Zurbarán (1620-1649), was a Spanish Baroque painter. He was born in Llerena, Badajoz, the son of Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664), and joined in the workshop that his father owned in Seville, with which it is likely they collaborated on different paintings, including the Still Life with Jug and Cups. The parental influence is evident in his work, but also his style reflects Dutch, Lombard and Neapolitan influences. He primarily painted still life genre. Socially he was somewhat pretentious, partial to such courtly pastimes as the dance, and using the aristocratic ‘Don’ when signing his name. Juan de Zurbarán was interested in improving his social status, for he began to frequent José Rodríguez Tirado’s dance academy, and composed a sonnet in honor of Juan de Esquivel Navarro, the author of the Discursos sobre el arte del danzado (“Treatise on the Art of Dancing”), published in Seville in 1642. In 1641 he married Mariana de Quadros, daughter of a wealthy money-lender.

Juan de Zurbarán’s career was cut short by his early death at age 29. He contracted the plague during the epidemic that ravaged Seville in 1649 and died along with several of his brothers, leaving two small children.

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Francisco de Zurbarán

Still Life with Dish of Quince

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona

spanishbaroqueart:

Juan de Zurbarán

1. Still Life with Lemons on a Plate, ca. 1640

2. Still Life with Plate of Apples and Orange Blossom, ca. 1640

spanishbaroqueart:

Juan de Zurbarán

1. Apples in a wicker basket, an opened pomegranate on a silver plate and roses, irises and other flowers in a glass vase, on a stone ledge (ca. 1643-49) · via Christie’s

2. Basket with Apples, Quinces and Pomegranates (ca. 1643-45) · Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona

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Juan Martínez Montañés

Saint Bruno, 1634

Carved wood and polychrome

Museum of Fine Arts, Seville, Spain

spanishbaroqueart:

Juan Martinez Montañés

Saint Bruno, 1634

Original location: Carthusian Monastery of Santa Maria de las Cuevas, Seville