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One example: on the eve of the Reformation, Hans Holbein the Younger in Basel revolutionized Christian art when he created his Dead Christ in the Tomb, a still life that distilled the Biblical narrative to its essence and shifted the categories and boundaries of religious painting. Roughly a century later, Francisco de Zurbarán, working in the wake of the Counter-Reformation, painted an even more radical picture: very much in the tradition of the bodegón, the austere Spanish still life with victuals seen from up close, it shows a lamb with its feet tied together, painted with such utter perfection that the beholder almost thinks he can feel the precious merino wool—yet it is John the Baptist’s Agnus Dei, one of the most ancient symbols for Jesus. Both works imply the question: how, if at all, should painting render the Son of God? Zurbarán subsequently even painted that question as such, slipping into the rule of Saint Luke beneath the cross, immersed in silent colloquy with the crucified Christ.

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Switzerland
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Selection of further exhibitions in: Switzerland

08.09.2017 - 28.09.2017
Kunsthalle Basel
Steinenberg 7
Basel

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25.11.2017 - 21.01.2018
Kunsthalle Basel
Steinenberg 7
Basel

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16.09.2017 - 21.01.2018
Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst
St. Alban-Graben 16 / St. Alban-Rheinweg 60
Basel

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07.10.2017 - 07.01.2018
Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst
St. Alban-Graben 16 / St. Alban-Rheinweg 60
Basel

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20.05.2017 - 15.10.2017
Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst
St. Alban-Graben 16 / St. Alban-Rheinweg 60
Basel

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02.06.2017 - 27.08.2017
Kunsthalle Basel
Steinenberg 7
Basel

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02.11.2017 - 04.03.2018
27.10.2017 - 28.01.2018
11.08.2017 - 11.03.2018
29.09.2017 - 07.01.2018
Kunsthalle Basel
Steinenberg 7
Basel

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22.09.2017 - 21.01.2018
22.09.2017 - 12.11.2017
10.06.2017 - 10.09.2017
Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst
St. Alban-Graben 16 / St. Alban-Rheinweg 60
Basel

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10.06.2016 - 24.09.2017
Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst
St. Alban-Graben 16 / St. Alban-Rheinweg 60
Basel

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19.01.2018 - 19.02.2018
25.07.2017 - 27.08.2017
Zentrum Paul Klee
Monument im Fruchtland 3
Bern

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19.10.2017 - 18.11.2017
Art Project Staffelbach
Hottigerstr. 8
Zürich

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07.06.2017 - 01.11.2017
Museum Tinguely
Paul Sacher-Anlage 1
Basel

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¡Hola Prado! Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Main address: Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst St. Alban-Graben 16 / St. Alban-Rheinweg 60 4010 Basel, Switzerland Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst St. Alban-Graben 16 / St. Alban-Rheinweg 60 4010 Basel, Switzerland One example: on the eve of the Reformation, Hans Holbein the Younger in Basel revolutionized Christian art when he created his Dead Christ in the Tomb, a still life that distilled the Biblical narrative to its essence and shifted the categories and boundaries of religious painting. Roughly a century later, Francisco de Zurbarán, working in the wake of the Counter-Reformation, painted an even more radical picture: very much in the tradition of the bodegón, the austere Spanish still life with victuals seen from up close, it shows a lamb with its feet tied together, painted with such utter perfection that the beholder almost thinks he can feel the precious merino wool—yet it is John the Baptist’s Agnus Dei, one of the most ancient symbols for Jesus. Both works imply the question: how, if at all, should painting render the Son of God? Zurbarán subsequently even painted that question as such, slipping into the rule of Saint Luke beneath the cross, immersed in silent colloquy with the crucified Christ. Book tickets