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Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Sevilla (Spain), 1599 - Madrid (Spain), 1660
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Sevilla (Spain), 1599 - Madrid (Spain), 1660

Born in Seville, Velázquez adopted his mothers surname, as was common in Andalusia, signing “Diego Velázquez” or “Diego de Silva Velázquez". He studied painting and worked professionally in his native city until he was twenty-four, then moved with his family to Madrid. There, he entered the king’s service, remaining until his death in 1660. Much of his work was painted for the royal collection and

Cano, Alonso
Granada, 1601 - Granada, 1667
Cano, Alonso
Granada, 1601 - Granada, 1667

Alonso Cano is unique among 17th-century Spanish artists as he was mainly a draftsman and designer, but was equally successful as an architect, sculptor and painter.His earliest experience with the arts probably took place in his own home, as his father designed and carved altarpieces and choir stalls. The family moved to Seville, where Alonso entered Francisco Pacheco’s studio at the age of fifte

Espinosa, Juan de
Doc. 1628 - Doc. 1659
Espinosa, Juan de
Doc. 1628 - Doc. 1659

This painter, whose biography is unknown, may have been mainly active during the first half of the 17th century in Madrid. His name is cited in relation to other Madrid painters in documents dated 1628 and 1659. Other surviving information appears to add to the vagueness surrounding this figure, as there were at least two painters by the same name working at the court; one had died in 1641 and the

Castello, Félix
Madrid (Spain), 1595 - Madrid (Spain), 1651
Castello, Félix
Madrid (Spain), 1595 - Madrid (Spain), 1651

He was born to a family of Italian artists. His father, Fabricio, was one of the painters who came to Spain to work at El Escorial and later married a Spanish woman. His grandfather, Giovanni Battista Castello, el Bergamasco, had also worked for Philip II and died in Madrid in 1569. Besides training with his family, Félix was a close disciple of Vicente Carducho, and he maintained ties to that mas

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