Tuesday, January 11, 2011

ABC Wednesday - Z

                                                     (November 7, 1598 – August 27, 1664)


I think I started my first round of ABC Wednesday somewhere around letter H and the time has flown by so quickly that we are now at Z. Again, my search for an artist whose name begins with the featured letter, netted me one that I was previously unfamiliar with.

I'm not very knowledgeable about religious painters of that period but his work reminds me of  Caravaggio, one of the old masters.  Here are a few paintings chosen by me with no particular knowledge of what exactly is representative of the painter. I like the paintings of the female saints best and being a fan of still life, I chose a couple of those as well.



                                                                          St. Casilda
                                                                         c. 1630-1645





St. Apollonia



The Virgin



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16 comments:

  1. I wonder how long someone would have to pose to have a picture painted of them!

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  2. Now, I wonder why he is not more well known?
    I like his saintly paintings.

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  3. never heard of him, yet his style does seem familiar...

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  5. I like his paintings, too, although I've never heard of him.
    I do have to say I wouldn't want to own a picture of the virgin standing on the heads of babies. Even if they are meant to be angels, disembodied heads are more than somewhat eerie, as are the faintly-seen faces around her halo.
    My favorite is the single flower, cup and plate.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  6. Aha. I just read in another Z blog that this IS Carvaggio, so you have a very good eye!
    I should probably leave it to the other blogger to tell you, but I just got so excited to think you had picked him out and recognized him despite him being best known by his nickname.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  7. Oh dear, St Casilda only lived to be 15. His paintings are lovely but very ascetic. I wonder if that's what reminded you of Caraveggio.

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  8. Thanks for this post. I love Zubarán's still lifes.

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  9. another educational post.

    Nathalie
    ABC Wednesday Team

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  10. This is an artist I've never come across before. I really like what I see, particularly the still life with lemons and plate and cup. Can smell those lemons. Thanks for the introduction, Gina.

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  11. Thanks, all!

    Kay - I could be missing something obscure but I don't believe that Caravagio and Zubarán are the same artist. A bit of a mystery here...
    :-)

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  12. For one thing, Caravaggio was Italian and Zubarán, Spanish.

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  13. This series is a complete swizz. I've checked it out every week and not once has there been any mention of me.

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  14. Rowan Williams - I'm sorry! :-D Are you a friend of Mad Priest?

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  15. I rather like the paintings - would be interesting to see them in real life as they appear so very, very detailed. Good Z post!

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