"Zurbarán and the Americas," by Adam Jasienski, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas
Upon arrival in the Americas in 1492, the Spanish sought to understand the things they encountered by relating them to familiar narratives. In one such instance, sixteenth-century scholars strove to place indigenous American peoples within the framework of biblical history, arguing that they were descended from the Lost Tribes of Israel. This lecture examines the long history of such attempts and their impact on the region’s artistic and religious traditions. This lecture is made possible by Ayesha Bulchandani.
"Painting Jacob and His Twelve Sons: The Artist and His Studio," by Claire Barry, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Zurbarán managed a large workshop, and understanding his studio practices is fundamental when considering his place in Spanish Golden Age painting. While exploiting the expressive potential of chiaroscuro painting popularized by Caravaggio, he forged his own distinctive style. Over time he developed an efficient, streamlined practice that facilitated the production of ambitious series, including Jacob and His Twelve Sons. This lecture is made possible by Ayesha Bulchandani.
In conjunction with the exhibition Zurbarán’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons: Paintings from Auckland Castle, de Montebello and Ruffer discuss the history of this rare set of paintings, as well as the establishment of the Spanish Gallery and Research Centre in collaboration with Durham University. Ian Wardropper, Director of The Frick Collection, presides over the evening. This program was made possible by Ayesha Bulchandani.