Zurbarán y sus doce hijos

18 december 2021 11:00 - 12:30

Location: Díszterem

This documentary tells the story and meaning of Jacob and His Twelve sons, a series of thirteen canvases painted by Francisco de Zurbarán in Seville around 1640. Although it may have been meant for the Americas, nothing is known about these works until they were acquired at auction by the Londoner merchant James Mendez in the early eighteenth century. A few years later, in 1756, a significant gesture in the midst of debate over the emancipation law for English Jews was made by Bishop Richard Trevor of Durham, who obtained these paintings and hung them in his dining room at Auckland Castle, where they still remain. Today, thanks to the initiative of a financier from that area, Jacob and His Twelve Sons have become the engine of regeneration of a community in northern England.

During the renovation of its usual headquarters, the Zurbaráns have been exhibited in Dallas (Meadows Museum), New York (The Frick Collection) and Jerusalem (Israel Museum). Following this international journey, the film involves well-known scholars in Spanish painting, but also the promoters of an ambitious project that uses art as a tool for social transformation.

Director: Arantxa Aguirre
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