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Still Life

Francisco de Zurbaran

Still Life

Francisco de Zurbaran
  • Date: 1633
  • Style: Baroque
  • Genre: still life
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Tag: fruits-and-vegetables, flowers-and-plants, dishware-and-cutlery, food-and-beverages
  • Dimensions: 60 x 70 cm
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Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose is an oil-on-canvas painting by Baroque Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbarán completed in 1633. It is currently displayed at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California as part of its permanent collection. It is the only still life signed and dated by him and is considered a masterwork of the genre.

The painting shows three groups of objects (a saucer of four citrons, a basket of oranges, and a saucer holding both a cup of water and a rose) resting on a table against a dark background. Each group of objects are placed equidistant from one another and form a spatial and geometrical balance due to their pyramidal organization. As described by Andreas Prater:

Norman Bryson writes:

Many of Zurbaran's works contained Christian themes, and the objects in the painting are often interpreted as having symbolic meaning as alluding to the Holy Trinity or as an homage to the Virgin Mary.

Morten Lauridsen wrote in the Wall Street Journal:

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