Jacob and his twelve sons by Francisco de Zurbarán,
1598 - 1664
The pictures are housed at Auckland Castle, which is open to the public in the summer months. Auckland Castle has been the home of the Bishops of Durham for almost 1000 years. These pictures have been a part of the history of the Castle for over 250 of them. For the last decade there has been a threat that they would have to be sold to release funds for the work of the Church of England; that threat is removed, and they will be held for ever at Auckland - held in trust for the people of the North East of England.