Source: Based on Velazquez's St John the Baptist,
Photograph of half sheep and frame taken inside the Art Institute of Chicago,by Carol Sutton on her first trip to Chicago on November 16, 1989. Computer set camera date is impregnanated on the film, by choice of the artist.
It was compositionally radical of Velazquez to cut the sheep in half. This sheep looks particularly pious as if were in a saint in a painting by Zurbaran. Franciso de Zurbaran practiced his art in Seville and he was born in 1598, exactly one year prior to Diego Velazquez, who was born in 1599. "Behold the lamb of God" (John 1:29, Bible). Zurbaran also did a painting on Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness, circa 1635, Cathedral, Seville, with violets, ochers, whites, and browns. It is interesting to compare Zurbaran's sheep to that of Velazquez's sheep.
image credit: photograph and scan by Carol Sutton©
The camera was hand held inside the Museum, with no flash used, so the image is slightly out of focus and soft.
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