This painting was started by Francisco de Zurbarán in 1655. The painting was for the “Painters Professional Asociation” of Seville. It was painted in Seville, one year later after Zurbarán’s arrival to the city. It was commissioned by the Fine Arts Museum of Seville.
This painting has a size of 267x320 cm. The material used is oil painting, technique that was predominant in the Baroque. The painting is found in the Fine Arts Museum in Seville.
This painting represents a miracle that happened in the Carthusian Refectory. They were seven, and Saint Bruno was the founder of the Carthusian and they all ate due to Saint Hugo’s (bishop of Grenoble) generosity. One Sunday, he sent them meat. Like they weren’t used to eat meat, this brought them to a discussion of the abstinence, and while they arguing they all became asleep. This dream lasted all the Lent, till the third day of the Holy Week, the Wednesday. That day, the Carthusian woke up and Saint Hugo visited them, and then suddenly, the meat transformed into ashes. This moment is interpreted like an approbation of the abstinence of meat.
As this painting is baroque it presents the following characteristics:
- · Use of oil painting. This painting is made with oil painting only.
- · Predominance of colour over drawing. We can observate a lot of colour in this Zurbarán’s painting, just the opposite as in Renaissance Art.
- · Warm colours, contrast, realism, movement, complex competitons to stoch the audience. We perceive the sensation of movement in the painting, and also we perceive the absence of cold colours: they’re all warm. Realism is also present, and that imply the sensation of movement.
Another interesting information is that the White Colour of the Carthusian’s clothes reaches 100 different hues.
Here you have a portrait of Francisco de Zurbarán:
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