ICONIC WORKS NOW BEING STUDIED Friday, 9 December 2016
The life-size paintings, by Spanish Golden Age master Francisco de Zurbarán, have hung in the Castle’s Long Dining Room for more than 250 years.
Now, they are the focus of an in-depth technical and art historical study, supported by The Meadows Foundation and The Frick Collection, at the renowned Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.
There, forensic techniques, such as infrared reflectography, ultra-violet light, X-radiography, and pigment analysis, are all being used to unlock the hidden history of the works’ artistic creation for the very first time.
Once this is completed the paintings will be displayed at both The Meadows Museum in Dallas, Texas, and The Frick Collection in New York – their first exhibitions outside of Europe – before returning to Auckland Castle in 2018.
You can see the start of their American adventure on the short video below.
CASTLE, GALLERIES, MUSEUMS: A LOT TO EXPLORE...
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Once the private home of the Prince Bishops of Durham, the castle was built as a symbol of power and authority
Explore the stunning 17th-century Walled Garden, where we harvest delicious fresh produce for our cafes and restaurants.
The Spanish Gallery is the UK’s first gallery dedicated to the art, history and culture of Spain during the 16th and 17th centuries.
The first museum in England to explore the history of faith in Britain and Ireland, from prehistory to the present day