Contrasts in Alumbramiento

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With contrasting lights and shadows reminiscent of Francisco Zurbarán's paintings, Alumbramiento offers a palette of differing acts: 'to give birth', becoming a parent of your own mother, 'to illuminate' the path to a good death. The initial fear subsides and new alliances are born, inviting the viewer to take a stand.

Keywords: Francisco Zurbarán; chiaroscuro; childhood; family; memory; natural death

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Haverford College

Publication date: February 1, 2011

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