Art: King of Painters

Spain is a land of mystery where the dust of isolation has often settled on men's work and obscured their lives. In this sense no artist is more typically Spanish than Francisco de Zurbaran, one of Spain's great masters. Until 1905, about all that was known of him came from a yellowed packet of papers and a few disputed paintings found in out-of-the-way monasteries. That year, the first Zurbaran exhibit in modern times was held in Madrid, and the experts marveled that so little was known of the artist whom King Philip IV named...

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