SMU Meadows Museum presents "Zurbarán: Jacob and his Twelve Sons, Paintings from Auckland Castle" opening day
The Meadows will present "Zurbarán: Jacob and his Twelve Sons, Paintings from Auckland Castle," a series of 13 life-size paintings making their first trip to the United States in the most important Zurbarán exhibition in 30 years.
This series of works was purchased in 1756 by Richard Trevor, Bishop of Durham; Trevor subsequently redesigned Auckland Castle’s Long Dining Room to house the paintings, which together comprise one of the most significant public collections of the artist’s work outside Spain. The upcoming restoration of Auckland Castle - which involves the temporary deinstallation of the series from the room where the paintings have hung for more than 250 years - presents this unique study and exhibition opportunity. Before their display in the U.S., the paintings will undergo technical analysis at the Kimbell Art Museum’s noted conservation lab.
Following the opening day, the exhibit will be on display through January 7, 2018.