American Friends

Auckland Castle Zurburan paintings

American Friends

After hanging in Auckland Castle for 250 years, Jacob and his Twelve Sons, an impressive series of thirteen portraits by Spanish master Francisco de Zurbarán, will spend several months on display in the USA, at the Meadows Museum, Dallas, before heading to The Frick Collection, New York.

This collaboration has been made possible by the conservation project currently taking place at Auckland Castle, which will be completed in summer 2018, when the Zurbaráns will return to Bishop Auckland.

This project will transform the 900-year-old bishop’s palace from an unknown private dwelling into a world-class art, faith and heritage destination of international significance. As well as bringing a new lease of life to the castle, the project will see a number of ground-breaking developments in the north east town of Bishop Auckland, including the launch of a dedicated Mining Art Gallery, a Faith Museum and a Spanish Gallery, which will display Spanish and Latin American art in the UK.

We hope you enjoyed visiting the Zurbarán exhibition and would like to thank you for your interest in supporting the project.

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The Auckland Project is proud to be supported by a wide range of businesses, individuals and other charitable trusts, including The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Our patrons include Lord Rothschild and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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