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Born in Fuente de Cantos, in the Estremadura mountain range of western Spain, Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664) became part of the Sevillaño circle when he moved to Andalucía in the late 1620s. Married twice, with three children, he had spent 12 years in Llerena, a small city, before journeying farther south to Seville. Painting during the Siglo de Oro, the Golden Age of Spain, Zurbarán was well-known during his lifetime for religious art, a royal appointment, monastic commissions, and a talent for the trend of naturalism. However, in the decades following his death, his genius remained hidden, not unlike the superb details of his paintings layered under accumulations of grime and smoke.
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