Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664) is one of the leading painters of the Spanish Baroque period. Born in Extremadura, Zurbarán trained in Seville, where he lived for most of his life. Through commissions for different religious orders, this interpreter of the Counter Reformation created an exceptional uvre, in which depiction of the ecstatic mystical vision is combined with a realism arising from human experience. After his association with the Madrilenian court, he attained his mature style in the monastic commissions executed in the late 1630s. Contemporary demand for this type of work meant that Zurbarán’s consummate paintings of martyred saints, produced in series, were sent to the New World viceroyalties. The artist spent the end of his life in Madrid, where he produced devotional painting on a smaller scale, and of a more intimate and serene nature. Considered one the greatest painters of Spain’s Golden Age, Zurbarán stands out due to the precision of his compositions and their ardent expression of religious feeling, the unadorned composition of his still lifes and the attention he paid to the moving simplicity of everyday objects. Zurbarán is at once a product of his time and an exceptional artist, whose power of visual language evokes a timeless fascination.