Museum Acquires 2 Major Paintings, Celebrates with Free Days

The San Diego Museum of Art announced Monday the acquisitions of two major Spanish paintings and will celebrate with free public admission on the last weekends of January and February.

Francisco de Zurbarn, St. Francis in Prayer in a Grotto, circa 1655.
Francisco de Zurbarán, “St. Francis in Prayer in a Grotto,” circa 1655.

The two paintings are St. Francis in Prayer in a Grotto by Francisco de Zurbarán and By the Seashore, Valencia by Joaquín Sorolla y BastidaSt. Francis will be on view beginning Jan. 21 and By the Seashore on Feb. 26..

The acquisitions were made possible by generous donations from Conrad Prebys and Debbie Turner, in the case of the Zurbarán, and the Legler Benbough Foundation, whose donation led to the acquisition of the Sorolla.

“The San Diego Museum of Art is thrilled to welcome these masterpieces into the permanent collection and further build on

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