Wednesday, February 17, 2016
A Cup of Water and a Rose (1630)
This is in honor of the Valentine's Day holiday we just passed and the association with flowers. It was painted by Francisco de Zuburan, who was a Spanish painter that rose to prominence during the reign of the Murillo family in Seville. Influenced by Caravaggio, Zurbaran’s paintings are distinct and known for their tenebrism (which is a fancy word for having stark contrasts between light and dark in the painting). The part of it that I choose not to dwell on is that the painter was very religious, and while it appears to be a simple still life, there is symbolism in it related to the Virgin Mary's purity. I just see it as pure and simple and peaceful.