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Francisco de Zurbaran (November 7, 1598 – August 27, 1664) Cup of Water and a Rose on a Silver Plate Oil on canvas, about 1630 21.2 x 30.1 cm National Gallery, London, UK
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Title: Cup of Water and a Rose
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Francisco de Zurbaran (November 7, 1598 – August 27, 1664)
Cup of Water and a Rose on a Silver Plate
Oil on canvas, about 1630
21.2 x 30.1 cm
National Gallery, London, UK

 

The silver plate is of a kind imported into Spain from Peru. The objects may be intended to have a symbolic character: the water in the cup perhaps refers to the Virgin’s purity and the flower recalls her title of ‘Mystic Rose’.

Although Zurbarán frequently included still-life elements in his subject pictures, he painted very few independent still lifes. The motif of the cup of water on a silver plate with a rose appears in two religious subject paintings by him and in the celebrated Still Life with Basket of Oranges of 1633 (Pasadena, Norton Simon Museum). Cup of Water and a Rose on a Silver Plate was probably painted in about 1630.

The canvas has been cut on three sides, but the composition is likely to be substantially complete.

With the dealer Linares in Madrid; acquired by the London dealer Tomás Harris in the early 1930s; Sir Kenneth Clark kcb (later Lord Clark of Saltwood) by 1937; bought for the National Gallery by the George Beaumont Group, 1997.

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