SMU Meadows Museum presents Zurbarán: "Jacob and His Twelve Sons, Paintings from Auckland Castle" opening day

SMU Meadows Museum presents Zurbarán: Jacob and His Twelve Sons, Paintings from Auckland Castle
Francisco de Zurbarán (Spanish, 1598-1664) Jacob, c. 1640-45. Oil on canvas. Auckland Castle, County Durham © Auckland Castle Trust/Zurbarán Trust. Photo by Robert Laprelle

In creating one of his most monumental series, Spanish Golden Age master, Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664), was inspired by the biblical text Genesis 49, in which Jacob, Patriarch of the Israelites, gathers his twelve sons and delivers a prophetic blessing for each. "Jacob and His Twelve Sons" consists of a total of 13 canvases with all but one remaining in the collection of a single owner at Auckland Castle, County Durham (UK), since 1756.

This is the first time any such series of paintings by Zurbarán has been presented as a whole in the United States. The exhibition, which also includes technical analysis of the artist’s process and print sources that influenced Zurbarán, presents a unique opportunity to admire one of the most important collections of the artist’s work.

The exhibition will be on display through January 7, 2018.

Event Details


9.17.17 | 10:00 am


Meadows Museum
5900 Bishop Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75205


Ticket Info

$4-$12; Free for Meadows Museum members, children under 12, and SMU faculty/staff/students.