Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose

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Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose
Francisco de Zurbarán - Still-life with Lemons, Oranges and Rose - WGA26062.jpg
Artist Francisco de Zurbarán
Year 1633
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 62.2 cm × 107 cm (23.6 in × 42.1 in)
Location Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose is an oil-on-canvas painting by Baroque Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbarán executed in 1633. It is currently displayed at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California as part of its permanent collection. It holds the distinction of being the only still life that was signed and dated by the artist and is considered a masterwork of the genre.[1][2]

Composition and Analysis[edit]

The painting shows three groups of objects (a saucer of four citrons, a basket of oranges, and a saucer holding both a cup of water and a rose) resting on a table against a dark background. Each group of objects are placed equidistant from one another and form a spatial and geometrical balance due to their pyramidal organization. As described by Andreas Prater:[3]

Norman Bryson writes:[4]

Many of Zurbaran's works contained Christian themes, and the objects in the painting are often interpreted as having symbolic meaning as alluding to the Holy Trinity or as an homage to the Virgin Mary.

Morten Lauridsen wrote in the Wall Street Journal:[5]

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