Film and Art: Zurbarán and His Twelve Sons

Film and Art: Zurbarán and His Twelve Sons

Thursday, October 27, 2022

6:00 PM–7:30 PM
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This documentary (2020, 72 minutes) explores the meaning of Jacob and His Twelve Sons, a series of thirteen canvases painted by Spanish Baroque artist Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664). Traveling from the Meadows Museum, Dallas, Texas; to the Frick Collection, New York; and to the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, the film follows these paintings, probably commissioned for a cathedral in the Americas, that disappeared for a century until they were acquired at an auction by the London merchant James Mendez. A few years later, in 1756, Bishop Richard Trevor of Durham made a significant gesture in support of English Jews when he obtained the paintings and hung them in his dining room at Auckland Castle, where they remain to this day.

Directed by Arantxa Aguirre, who won the Valladolid Internacional Film Festival “Espiga de Oro” prize in 2016 for her film Dancing Beethoven.  

Free. Screenwriter John Healey introduces the documentary.

Image from Zurbarán and His Twelve Sons (Arantxa Aguirre, 2020).