Zurbaran, Francisco de
Spanish painter, born at Fuente de Cantos and active mainly in Seville. Francisco de Zurbaran trained there 1614-17 and after a period at Llerena near his birthplace returned in 1629 as town painter. In 1634-35 he was in Madrid working for Philip IV on a series of ten pictures on The Labors of Hercules and a large historical scene, The Defense of Cadiz (all now in the Prado, Madrid), but apart from these pictures, a few portraits, and some masterly still lifes, he devoted himself almost entirely to religious works. Francisco de Zurbaran worked for churches and monasteries over a wide area of southern Spain and his oil paintings were also exported to South America.
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