Zurbarán's "Jacob and His Twelve Sons": Paintings from Auckland Castle — LAST DAY

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(Jan. 31-Apr. 22) — An exhibition of "Jacob and His Twelve Sons," an ambitious series of thirteen paintings that depict over life-size figures from the Blessings of Jacob in Chapter 49 of the Bible's Book of Genesis, a poem that has significance for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. On his deathbed, Jacob called together his sons, who would become the founders of the Twelve Tribes of Israel and the forefathers of the Jewish people.

On loan from Auckland Castle, the works by the Spanish Golden Age master Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664) have never before traveled to the United States. In preparation for this unprecedented American tour, these important 17th-century Spanish paintings, dating from the 1640s, have undergone a year-long in-depth technical analysis in the conservation department at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, the most extensive study of the series to date.

The series was likely intended for export to the New World. In seventeenth-century Spain, it was commonly believed that indigenous peoples of the Americas were descended from the so-called “lost tribes of Israel.” The paintings, however, did not come to light until the 1720s in England when they appeared at auction and were purchased by James Mendez, a Portuguese Jewish merchant and collector. In 1756 they were acquired by Richard Trevor, Bishop of Durham, a supporter of Jewish rights. Trevor hung them in the dining room at Auckland Castle, where they have remained for over 250 years. A two-year restoration of Auckland Castle presents this extraordinary study and exhibition opportunity.

Organized in collaboration in collaboration with the Meadows Museum, Dallas, Texas, and The Auckland Project, County Durham, England.

Mondays — closed; Tuesday through Saturday —10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; First Friday evening of the month — open 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except January).


Sunday, April 22, 2018 (All day)



The Frick Collection
1 E. 70th St.
New York, NY 10021




$22, $17 Senior, $12 Student; Pay what you wish Wednesdays 2pm-6pm; children under 10 are not admitted.

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