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

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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



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.