Happy Birthday Francisco de Zurbaran!! Born in 1598, this Spanish painter was known primarily for his religious works. As a child he experimented with charcoal. He studied in Seville at Juan de Las Roelas’ school where he developed his style employing fine chiaroscuro naturalism. During his career he completed many paintings for various commissions for cathedrals and monasteries. St. Luke as a Painter Before Christ on the Cross is an unusual depiction of the Crucifixion.