In conjunction with the exhibition Zurbarán: a new perspective, the Museum was organising a one-day art conference with the aim of analysing this master of the Spanish Golden Age from the starting point of research undertaken in the past few years. Since the time of the major exhibition on the artist organised in 1988 and shown in Madrid, Paris and New York, research by experts in the field has cast new light on his influence, presented new attributions, discovered more details about his studio and collaborators and even contributed new information on Zurbarán’s personal life.

The conference focused on this new information through lectures given by specialists such as Odile Delenda, author of the catalogue raisonné of the artist and one of the exhibition’s curators; Luis Garraín, the official historian of Llerena (Badajoz); Xavier Bray, chief curator of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London; the art historians Benito Navarrete and Enrique Valdivieso; and María del Valme Muñoz, director of the Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla. To complement the lectures there was a round table with the artist Antonio López and the restorers Ignacio Cano, Carmen Garrido and Almudena Ros.