Meditation of St. Francis (1632). Francisco de Zurbarán (Spanish, 1598-1664. Oil on canvas. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires.
The painting is one of the starkest and most austere of Zurbarán’s representations of saints. The face is largely obscured by the cowl and its shadows and the light is concentrated on the coarse habit, on the skull clasped to the saint’s body, and the book.