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Iconic Works Now Being Studied

9 December 2016

Jacob and his twelve sons have temporarily left Auckland Castle and are now enjoying an 18 month break in the United States.

The life-size paintings, by Spanish Golden Age master Francisco de Zurbarán, have hung in the Castle’s Long Dining Room for more than 250 years.

Now, they are the focus of an in-depth technical and art historical study, supported by The Meadows Foundation and The Frick Collection, at the renowned Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

There, forensic techniques, such as infrared reflectography, ultra-violet light, X-radiography, and pigment analysis, are all being used to unlock the hidden history of the works’ artistic creation for the very first time.

Once this is completed the paintings will be displayed at both The Meadows Museum in Dallas, Texas, and The Frick Collection in New York – their first exhibitions outside of Europe – before returning to Auckland Castle in 2018.

You can see the start of their American adventure on the short video below.

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