Art: From The Dark Heart Of Spain

A stronger -- and weaker -- Zurbaran opens at the Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art last week got its new season off to a magnificent start with the doctrinaire mystic of the Spanish Baroque, Francisco de Zurbaran (1598-1664). After Velasquez, El Greco and Ribera, Zurbaran was the best painter the so-called Golden Age of Spanish painting produced, but his work has never been seen in depth in America. Now, in one of those big transatlantic double acts the Met does so well, in cahoots with the Musee du Louvre in Paris, we have a show of 71 paintings organized by Jeannine Baticle of the Louvre. From this panoramic exposure a new...

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