Saint Casilda - Francisco de Zurbaran. 184x98
In portraits of Zurbaran, the models illuminated from above are usually depicted in full growth, presented in calm poses, dressed in clothes made of heavy fabrics. So with restrained but expressive gestures, as if telling about their deeds, the raging inner passions read in their faces contrast.
Many images of the master are deprived of religiosity, as, for example, in the painting “Saint Casilda”. Her decisive swarthy face with a hard, stern look reminds of her feat - a secret from her father, a Moorish ruler who professed Islam and helping captive Christians. The rest of the portrait is a noble lady, proud, not without grace, in an expensive, elegant dress. But the saint holds flowers in her hands - a symbol of miraculous salvation from her father's punishment. Zurbaran, a wonderful colorist, surprisingly accurately conveyed the splendor of silk, pearls, airiness of the background. The artist used rich dark green and purple tones.
Despite the Domostroevsky way of life in Spain of the 15th century, women's self-awareness grew: among them appeared scientists, politicians, and conquistadors. The image of Casilda is typical among a number of others, covered in romance.