Spanish family of painters.
(bapt Fuente de Cantos, Badajoz, Nov 7, 1598; d Madrid, Aug 27, 1664).
He was one of the greatest masters of the school of Seville and is renowned for his powerful and realistic interpretation of monastic life in 17th-century Spain.
Zurbarán was the son of a trader and at 15 left his native village, south of the Estremadura mountains, for Seville. Here he was apprenticed in the studio of Pedro Díaz de Villanueva, by whom no signed work is known, and became familiar with polychrome sculpture, which affected his style as a painter, in particular in his rendering of drapery. During the years in Seville he must also have been in contact with other gifted painters such as Juan de Roelas, Francisco de Herrera the elder, and above all Diego Velázquez and Alonso Cano, who were then young apprentices in the studio of ...