Francisco de Zurbarán (Painter) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Francisco de Zurbarán

Francisco de Zurbarán was a Spanish painter. He is known primarily for his religious paintings depicting monks, nuns, and martyrs, and for his still-lifes. Zurbarán gained the nickname “Spanish Caravaggio,” owing to the forceful use of chiaroscuro in which he excelled.

Born: Francisco de Zurbarán, Baptized November 7, 1598, Fuente de Cantos, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain
Died: August 27, 1664, Madrid, Spain
Nationality: Spanish
Known for: Painting
Movement: Baroque, Caravaggisti

About Francisco de Zurbarán

Famous for his religious and still-life works, this seventeenth-century Spanish painter allied himself with the Baroque and Caravaggisti artistic movements. His best known paintings include The Death of St. Bonaventure and Saint Francis in Meditation.

Before Fame

Early in his artistic career, he was commissioned to create work for the Seville Cathedral and the San Pablo El Real Dominican monastery.


His largest-scale work is an elaborate altarpiece created for the Church of St. Thomas Aquinas in Seville, Spain.

Family Life

He was born in in Fuente de Cantos, Spain to Luis de Zurbaran and Isabel Marquez. His first marriage, to Maria Paet, resulted in three children and ended with Paet’s death in 1624; he later married a widow named Beatriz de Morales and, after Morales’ death, a woman named Leonor de Torder.


Fellow Spanish artist Diego Velazquez became one of de Zurbaran’s primary artistic patrons (the other was Velazquez’s patron, King Philip IV of Spain).

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  • 17th-century Spanish painters
  • Extremaduran painters
  • Spanish Baroque painters

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